The Divine Comedy
A renowned Italian born in Florentine to a middle-class family is the writer of the world’s best comedy (The Divine Comedy). Dante Alighieri is also an epic poet whose journey in writing poems begun at his tender ages. Extraordinarily, he had a girl he loved so much. It happened that he had seen her only twice in his entire life. His works got inspiration from Beatrice, the girl he cherished a lot. Unfortunately, Dante was hurt as a result of the unexpected demise of his love. As fate would have it, death took her when she was still young and had much life ahead. What a tragedy? The role of the main character is played by him, and the plot dates back to 1299. This is believed to be the time of Dante’s banishment from his town of birth Florence. Notably, Mr. Alighieri did write the comedy himself between 1308 and 1321. Basically, the summaries of writing that are the Divine Comedy serves to highlight the life of this great man after he passed on. The work of Dante can be divided into sections. These sections are three generally with the first being;
- He’s going to hell. The part is also known as the inferno or hell-fire.
- The second section talks of the purgatory where God resides while waiting for the incoming visitors.
- The third and last part is where all according to the book desires to go. It is the heaven or what he also calls paradise.
ReviewClearly, the episodes of the inferno are symbolic of sinful life keeping people away from righteousness. They listen not to the voice of holiness and have opted to live a life that is not godly. This can be sampled to represent few people living in the society whose actions are erratic and not Godly. These individuals could come from all the sectors in our society including the political circles, the church, and the teaching fraternity and even from families. Symbolically, the forest where Dante wanders in is a representation of how we have separated from God. As indicated by Dante’s attempt to go through the towering mountain, there are no easier routes to heaven. One must strive to justifiably connect to God legitimately because failure to do so will only subject you to more suffering. The fierce animals represent an obstacle or sin;
- A leopard is a symbolic animal in the context of this writing and its hide which is spotted could represent how people hide their unholy life as well as their pretense. It further symbolizes our cravings for the earthly things. The animal is well known for its ability to camouflage in dense forests thanks to its spotted skin.
- A lion in the context of the story symbolically represents pride. People can be so proud of their strength and abilities to the point that they forget God. Most of the time, we want to show the power or the authority that we possess. The lion, in this case, has a scary big head that is full of beautiful mane. It is strong and so violent to the extent that it can proudly confront its adversaries. This is the nature of man vested with authority and power. They fear nothing and think that they can always win on their own. God is secondary in their actions.
- Gluttons and those whose cravings block from acknowledging God are represented by the She-Wolf. A greedy individual also possess a must own it all attitude. They don’t allow others to thrive or succeed and they will do anything to stop them. Their thirst for everything cannot be quenched by the little that they already have.