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What to learn from Dante’s Inferno?

Dante’s Inferno offers a great amount of lessons that are considered to be moral and necessary. Born in Florence to a noble family, and ended up spending almost half of his life in exile Dante presents The Divine Comedy which is believed an epic, with various moral lessons and taking a reader’s conscience in to his grateful imagination that is altogether a different world from what we are living and it’s basis are the same moral values we believe in. In the review, I talked about how iconic it is that a piece of literature like Dante’s can survive almost 700 years and reaching a state of being well-known. That’s the beauty of his work.

“How hard it is to tell what it was like,
this wood of wilderness, savage and stubborn
(the thought of it brings back all my old fears),
a bitter place! Death could scarce be bitterer.
But if I would show the good that came of it
I must talk about things other than the good.”


Accept the consequences of your actions which can be morally performed. There will always be a dilemma for an individual must call it a dilemma even when knowing the consequences of one’s own actions, one has to conduct his actions and stick to them for they resemble a right passage through time and space. Right and wrong  are not some arbitrary reflections of one’s thoughts, they are basis of one’s conscience that lead up to the consequences one is often surrounded. They are basic of structure of every action intends to perform.

Botticelli’s Impression of Dante’s Inferno

Though out the 34 canto’s  Dante enlightens on few other ethics of humanity that are essential in the formation and are bittersweet.

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29 thoughts on “What to learn from Dante’s Inferno?”

  1. Dante’s Inferno is a tough, archaic work, but modern lessons can be learned from it. I like the points listed, but I half-agree with ‘Right and wrong are not some arbitrary reflections of one’s thoughts, they are basis of one’s conscience that lead up to the consequences one is often surrounded.’ Capital R right and capital W wrong are not arbitrary reflections of the individual, but are standards and benchmarks capital S society deems as Right or Wrong. So when approaching one’s personal inferno, it is prudent to adhere to your individual morality and hold it paramount to what others perceive is morally right or wrong. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Its a valid point that as benchmark in society the right and wrong are set in terms moral values. But I certainly did not think the phrase in moral terms as I think it is for an individual’s inferno and there will always be a dilemma between creative minds in terms of that in terms of personal passions, and few other things.

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      1. I can see your position. As unique as the design of an individual, so are his or her actualization of morality. Deciphering what works and doesn’t works against one’s passions or creativity, like you mentioned, is a modern mode of traversing Dante’s hellish circles.

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  2. Thank you for your review, I have always been curious to read the Divine Comedy but have yet to take the plunge. I am now even more intrigued by your review I and I shall definitely move it up further on my to read book pile.


  3. This is one of those amazing works that was written a long time ago, yet is constantly referenced in the present day. Yesterday it showed up in a comic strip! Who knows what Dante might have thought if he had seen it coming.


  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. I took a class on Dante’s works in college. It was one of my favorites. Paradiso was quite the handful, and the teacher spent the last time on it as it was her least favorite – I have to agree.


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  7. I purchased a copy of Inferno with a dual translation, Italian/English in an effort to learn Italian. It hasn’t help in that department, but it is a worthy read!


  8. Thank you for Liking my recent post about the book “Woolly”. I just took a look at your review of Dante’s Inferno. I haven’t made it all the way through it yet. I am writing my own synopsis of each Canto as I read through it. That is quite the challenge but it is helping me make much better sense of it.

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      1. Now that you are following my blog, you should automatically get notified when I am ready to post that synopsis to my blog. It’s quite the project, however, so it probably won’t be for some time. Thanks for the interest!

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