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Divine Comedy Themes

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Themes

The Divine Comedy recounts the travels of Dante Alighieri's Pilgrim, his alter ego and the reader's Everyman (a figure with whom every reader can relate), through three regions: Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. His goal is to reach spiritual maturity and an understanding of God's love. Having achieved his goal, the Pilgrim has the ultimate vision, a face-to-face encounter with God.

Education and Salvation

Learning how to attain salvation is the main theme of Dante's epic and subsumes all its other themes. The Divine Comedy is, therefore, a tale of the Pilgrim's education and, by association, the reader's. The reader follows Dante's Pilgrim through Hell in Inferno and learns with him about sin's pervasiveness. The torments of the sinners, who exist forever without hope of redemption or of an end to their suffering, graphically illustrate sin's consequences. As the reader and Pilgrim move through the underworld, the shades they see...

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