Comparison of the Inferno and the Odyssey

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Comparison of the Inferno and the Odyssey While reading the Inferno , I am noticing a few similarities between it and the Odyssey . Love is a common theme the two stories share. Also, contrapasso is shown in order to teach the characters lessons. Lastly, both stories refer to stories of love affairs to teach the characters lessons. Dante and Odysseus go on their adventurous journeys because of love. Dante goes through Hell essentially to witness where his soul and life will end up if he does not change his ways of life. Beatrice’s never-ending love for Dante is also a reason he goes into the Inferno. Beatrice states in Canto 2, “For I am Beatrice who send you on; I come from where I most long return; Love prompted me, that Love which makes me speak” (Canto 2, lines 70-72). In this quote, she urges him to go through the Inferno, but can not guide him herself. Beatrice has a great love for Dante and does not want him to continue his way of life. He needs to go through hell and obtain spiritual understanding before he can meet her in Heaven. Dante enters hell to retain his long lost love, Beatrice. Comparatively, Penelope’s love also motivates Odysseus to travel back to his homeland and reunite with her. It is stated in book 1, “but one man alone… his heart set on his wife and his return” (Book 1, lines 15-16). Odysseus is first seen on Calypso’s island. He remains there for seven years as Calypso’s companion; however he yearns for his love and his home. Odysseus, with the help of Penelope’s love, overcomes many obstacles before reaching Ithaca.
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