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Explain how Aristotelian philosophy influences the structure of both Inferno and Purgatorio in Dante’s Divine Comedy.

March 15, 2016 | Author: | Posted in american literature, literature and language

Dante ‘s Divine Comedy

From the glorious literary world of our historical past , our great Philosophers and geniuses had trickled with their extraordinary tales the man ‘s self and his true identity of his spiritual life that he often forgets only to find himself in the surroundings of Waste Land ‘ of futility and anarchy

The end of the medieval period and the beginning of the Renaissance , the public of Florentine witnessed the political struggle between Guelphs and Ghinelline , Guelphs was also split into factions , one favoring the control of Pope over [banner_entry_middle]

Florentine and the other wished to preserve Florence Independence . Dante Favored White Guelphs who favoured the Papacy over the Holy Roman Emperor . Into this situation , the great novice and literary genius of Italy , and politician Dante Alighieri actively emerged into political scenario and as an actor to the scenes of the chaotic politic , he propounded the necessity for political unity and the separation of Church and State , as a result he was exiled and banished from his beloved Florence . And here he penned down for the world the reflection of the human ‘s instinctive nature of the meaningless worldly love in his greatest Epic Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy ‘ which is divided into 3 sections : Inferno Purgatorio , and Paradiso with each of them are divided into 33 cantos (except Inferno , which has 34 cantos , and are written in tercets (groups of 3 lines . The number 3 was considered holy because the Father (God , Son (Jesus , and Holy Ghost comprised the trinity

It is an allegory throwing light on the Philosophy of Greek Philosopher Aristotle . For Aristotle ethics and politics is a knowledge that enables people to act properly and live happily . Aristotle believed that a person who does not behave ethically is morally imperfect . He also believed that moral virtue is a behavior , which lies between the extreme behavioral patterns . For example , a person is courageous , this virtue lies between the vice of cowardice at one extreme and foolhardiness at the other end . Similarly , the virtue of generosity lies between stinginess and wastefulness (Hooker Richard , 1996

In the La Divina Commedia , Dante traces his imaginary journey through hell , purgatory , and heaven . In the hell , which is Inferno , Canto historical and mythological creatures , are symbolic of a particular fault or virtue . He led into the journey in his pursuit of Beatrice . In Inferno , first he is lost in the woods (Canto XIII , where he was assailed by beasts a lion , a leopard , and a she-wolf which are allegorical of temptations towards sin and could not find the way diritta via ‘ to salvation symbolized by the sun behind the mountain He realized that he is ruining himself , and is falling into a “deep place ” but fortunately is rescued by Virgil , send by Beatrice who led him into the Journey of hell witnessing sinners who are destined to stay in Hell forever , without any chance of coming even closer to the divine being . Dante passed thorough nine circles of hell witnessing Punishments… [banner_entry_footer]


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