Unformatted text preview: 1 when he wants to abandon his journey as reason tells him he cannot surpass the beast. Additionally, in Canto 9 Dante’s despair and fear undermines his faith. By losing faith and hope, death would become immediate with Medusa whereas unquestioned faith results in Christ, he who comes. The three Furies are Dante’s fear externalized in a perversion of the three divine beings, Lucy, Mary, and Beatrice who saved Dante in the beginning of his tale. Dante immortalized Beatrice in The Vita Nuova by keeping his faith in her as a divine inspiration, which ultimately would bring him to salvation. In Dante’s historical past lies his future of continuing the line of sagacious epic poets, and in his emotional past with Beatrice lies his future of divine salvation. As Dante builds his identity through this pilgrimage, the inferno is a channel in which his past experiences will form his future identity of a poet to unite reason and faith....
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2011 for the course ITAL 333 taught by Professor Brownlee during the Spring '10 term at UPenn.
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