The opposite of a great truth is another truth.
Inferno was the first part of a trilogy entitled the Divine Comedy. The story begins on Good Friday in the year ; Dante is thirty-five years old, half of the biblical life expectancy of 70 Psalms He meets the spirit Virgil, who was sent to him by his lover Beatrice in Heaven.
Virgil assures Dante he can lead him to Beatrice, but to do so he must pass through Hell, then Purgatory, before reaching Heaven. Inferno follows his trek through Hell; Purgatorio, the second book, follows him through Purgatory; and in Paradiso, Dante reunites with Beatrice, who leads him through the Nine Spheres of Heaven.
Dante and Virgil at the Gate of Hell: It is a decidedly Christian piece; the primary moral theme being that not only is sin evil, but one ought not pity sinners. It is situated underneath the city of Jerusalem, which is at the center of the northern hemisphere.
Opposite Jerusalem, at the center of the southern hemisphere is the mountain of Purgatory. Lucifer is immobilized at the bottom of Hell, where he fell after the defeat in his rebellion against God.
This funnel is made of nine circles. The first circle is the widest and, progressively, the ninth circle is the smallest.
This ninth circle surrounds Lucifer. Each circle is reserved to a different category of sinners: This is a place where the souls of the damned fall at their death. From here they are brought by Charon into Hell through the river Acheron.
Some souls, the Neutrals, remain here, because they never chose either good or evil. Reserved for the souls of the just people who never knew Christ, and those especially infants who died without baptism and never committed a sin.
Here Dante encounters the ancient philosophers and poets.
Dante talks to Francesca da Rimini, who tells him how she became involved in an adulterous affair with Paolo, her brother in law. Minos guards this circle. Dante talks to Ciacco, a Florentine, who used to be a parasite, as he was going from people to people, gossiping on everyone.
Ciacco gives Dante the first prophecy of his future exile.
Three-headed Cerberus is the guardian. The Avaricious and Prodigals. No relevant character is found here. These souls, mostly clerics, go opposite direction, bumping into each other as they push big rocks.
The guardian is Pluto, who makes no sense when he talks. The Wrathful and Sullen. These souls are submerged into the river Styx, which surrounds the city of Dis. The wrathful emerge from the dirty waters while the sullen are completely submerged. Phlegyas will take Dante and Virgil across this river in his boat.
Here Dante talks to Filippo Argenti, an old acquaintance for whom he has no pity. Violence and Fraud The city of Dis: High walls with closed doors guarded by devils, helped by the Furies and the Medusa.
They try to stop Dante, but a divine messenger forces them to open the door.Inferno (pronounced ; Italian for "Hell") is the first part of Italian writer Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy. It is followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso.
The Inferno tells the journey of Dante through Hell, guided by the ancient Roman poet Virgil. All of Dante’s work on The Comedy (later called The Divine Comedy, and consisting of three books: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso) was done after his exile.
He completed Inferno, which depicts an allegorical journey through Hell, around The Divine Comedy (Italian: Divina Commedia) is a long narrative poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c.
and completed in , a year before his death in It is widely considered the preeminent work in Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature/5. Jul 21, · Indeed, Dante uses the themes of reason and faith in his Divine Comedy to prove the necessity of a separate church and state.
His argument begins with a strong argument for faith in the Inferno, is founded principles presented in The Dream of Scipio, various works by St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Augustine’s Confessions, and Reviews: The Divine Comedy (Italian: Divina Commedia [diˈviːna komˈmɛːdja]) is an Italian long narrative poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c.
and completed in , a year before his death in It is widely considered to be the preeminent work in Italian literature  . The Divine Comedy (Italian: Divina Commedia [diˈviːna komˈmɛːdja]) is a long narrative poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c. and completed in , a year before his death in It is widely considered to be the preeminent work in Italian literature  and one of the greatest works of world literature.