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Waking in a dark forest, Italian poet Dante is led by the famous Roman poet Virgil through nine levels of Hell. Encouraged by thoughts of Beatrice, his love, Dante descends ever lower. As the first third of Dante's The Divine Comedy, this descent is just the beginning of what proves to be a long journey to redemption.“Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here!”OVERVIEWCircle 1: LimboCircle 2: LustCircle 3: GluttonyCircle 4: AvariceCircle 5: WrathCircle 6: HeresyCircle 7: ViolenceCircle 8: FraudCircle 9: TreacheryDanteAuthor and protagonistPaolo & Francesca da RiminiAdulterersBeatriceIn Heaven; sends Virgil to guide DanteVirgilRoman poet sent to guide DantePope Boniface VIICorrupt popeLuciferThe devilSources: Biography.com, Columbia College, Digital Dante, History.com, Poets.org, The World of DanteCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Inscription above the Gates of Hell, Canto IIIhrough me the way into the suffering city,Through me the way to the eternal pain,Through me the way that runs among the lost.Infernoby the NumbersNumber of Cerberus's heads and beasts that threaten Dante3Cantos in The Divine Comedya perfect number, according to Dante100Year Dante's real-life Beatrice died, leaving him heartbroken1290Year Dante was exiled from Florence after writing a diatribe against the government1302+33+33+331Born in the Italian city of Florence, Dante was exposed at an early age to its politics—in which tension between church and empire figured prominently. Though his family arranged his marriage to Gemma Donati, his true love was Beatrice Portinari, who appears in The Divine Comedy.Dante Alighieri1265–1321Sin & PunishmentIn Dante's version of Hell, God's justice requires that sinners' punishments be suited to their sins.LoveTo Dante, the power and nature of God is perfect love.The Human ConditionHumans are physical and social beings. They have great capacity for love, reason, and compassion—but also for sin and misery.AuthorThemesUnderstanding The Divine Comedy means lifting the veil on Florentine politics. Though the Guelfs (supporters of the pope) defeated the Ghibellines (supporters of the emperor) in the 1260s, Florence remained politically divided. Dante held public office before a change of power led to his expulsion in 1302, and Inferno features many of his political enemies in Hell.ContextDante Alighieric. 1308–14ItalianEpic PoemAuthorYears WrittenOriginal LanguageInfernoAllegory

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