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Dante’s, The Divine Comedy Essay

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In Dante’s, The Divine Comedy, Virgil leads Dante through the Inferno, where Dante undergoes changes in his compassion. I am going to argue that Dante expresses less compassion during his journey when Virgil leads him through the Inferno. This essay will prove how Dante shows more feelings at the beginning of the Inferno compared to the end of the Inferno.
Dante is being a coward by thinking he is unable to make his journey:
I’d be too slow had I obeyed by now.
You need no more declare to me your will.
But tell me why you take so little care
and, down to this dead middle point, you leave
the spacious circle where you burn to go.
In this particular part, in Canto two, Dante is saying that their journey is over because he doesn’t want to go any further in it. He is telling her not to waste her time anymore because he is no longer interested in their journey due to things he has seen throughout it. He is afraid that if the journey goes on any further then he will get hurt so he wants to back out of it right then before it becomes too late.
Virgil was sent there to take Dante through this journey so Virgil prevents Dante from backing down by telling him:
She replied, ‘I’ll tell you why
I feel no dread at entering down here.
‘We dread an object when (but only when)
that object has the power to do some harm.
Nothings can otherwise occasion fear.’(Dante, Inferno, 2: 88-90)
In this part of the Inferno Dante and Virgil are just at the beginning of their journey in the Inferno. Dante starts to become afraid of what he is seeing through their journey. Virgil tells him not to be afraid of the journey because fear is when something is going to harm you and that he is not going to be harmed during their journey so there is nothing to be afraid of.
In the beginning of the Inferno, Dante’s is expressing strong feelings, “For such deficiencies, no other crime,/ we all are lost yet only suffer harm/ through living in desire, but hopelessly” (Dante, Inferno, 4: 40-42) This quotation is saying it’s all our fault, there is no other crime, we are lost and suffer harm due to living in our own desire hopelessly, instead of the real world. In this section of the Inferno Dante is realizing that there is something wrong with the world that is making people go to hell.
In this section of the Inferno, Dante is showing a lot of feelings. He feels like dying is the right thing to do, “And all the while, as one of them spoke on,/ the other wept, and I, in such great pity,/ fainted away as though I were to die./ And now I fell as bodies fall, for dead” (Dante, Inferno, 5: 140-142) This quotation is saying, Dante fell down as if he were dead because he felt pity for the people who were crying and he didn’t know what to do. He had mixed emotions so all he could do was fall to the ground like a dying person would....

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