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Unformatted text preview: significant work such as this was and is important by association. In addition, it is a classic piece of Bangsian literature and of a hero’s journey. However, curiously, it is not only scholars that are fascinated by Dante’s description of hell, but the entire Western culture; video games and movies have been based on Dante’s first cantica. The Western culture is fascinated with Dante’s Inferno for 1) it is a satisfactory description of hell, more so that Virgil’s Aeneid, in terms of clarity, justice and reasoning and 2) the sins punished in Dante’s hell are relevant to the contemporary reader. “Research shows that while almost three out of four people believe in heaven, less than half believe in hell.” (Groeschel, 199) “When it comes to death and eternity, it’s human nature to hope for the best and avoid contemplating the worst.”...
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This note was uploaded on 10/30/2011 for the course ITALIAN 333 taught by Professor Cornish during the Fall '11 term at University of Michigan.
- Fall '11
- The Aeneid