Divine Comedy

Divine Comedy: Theme Analysis

The Divine Comedy serves as the physical (scientific), political, and spiritual guidebook of Dantes Fourteenth Century universe.  From a physical perspective, Dante attempts to literally place Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven on the map.  Throughout the three poems, Dante takes great care to identify stars and astrological signs that place Hell below Jerusalem and Purgatory in …

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Divine Comedy: Metaphor Analysis

Dante fills The Divine Comedy with hundreds of metaphors.  Only a close reading of the poems “Notes” will give readers fair insight into the elaborate and complex metaphors, and metaphorical systems, employed by Dante.  Additionally, Dante scholars still disagree on many points related to the symbolism and true meaning of specific details in Comedy.  Thus, …

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Divine Comedy: Novel Summary: Paradiso section 29- Paradiso section 33

 Paradiso section 29: Reflecting on the center light of God, Beatrice pauses for a moment before she responds to several questions on Dantes mind.  Beatrice explains that God created angels in his own reflection.  God combined pure form and pure matter to create angels.  Thus, St. Jeromes assertion that God produced angels before spirit and …

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Divine Comedy: Novel Summary: Paradiso section 24- Paradiso section 28

 Paradiso section 24: Beatrice begs the gathered spirits to help teach Dante.  The spirit belonging to St. Peter detaches from the group and begins to examine Dante on his understanding of faith.  When St. Peter asks, “What is faith?” Dante cites Paul and replies, “faith is the substance of the things we hope for and …

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Divine Comedy: Novel Summary: Paradiso section 14- Paradiso section 18

 Paradiso section 14: Beatrice asks the spirits to explain whether or not the spirits will retain their radiance after Resurrection when they rejoin their bodies.  The spirits sing a hymn to the Trinity three times then the voice belonging to Solomon responds.  According to Solomon, spirits will retain their radiance because it is an expression …

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Divine Comedy: Novel Summary: Paradiso section 9- Paradiso section 13

 Paradiso section 9: Charles Martel prophesies that great ill fortune will befall his family.  A new spirit approaches Dante.  The spirit identifies herself as Cunizza.  Cunizza states that the fame of the spirit next to her will last for five hundred years but she does not identify the nearby spirit.  Cunizza then criticizes the cruelty …

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