Dante's Life In Dante, Purgatorio, And Inferno

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There are many opinions on where people either ascend, or descend to, once their soul leaves their body. In modern times, people hold beliefs that one will end up in one of three places: Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory. The fate of a person is quite simple; their actions in their lifetime dictate where they will spend their afterlife. Those living in the 21st century do not give much thought to the afterlife. As stated before, fate is quite simple. Once departing the Earth, one is thought to live in agony or comfort, or somewhere in between. However, in the 1400’s, the Italian poet Dante thought about each layer of the afterlife with detail. According to Dante, Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso –also known as Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven- were each divided into nine layers, with some having multiple sublayers. There are a multitude of well known-poets, heroes, and leaders that Dante, as he sees best fit, places in their rightful layer. The placement of the people depends on what they did or did not achieve in their life time and most importantly, depends on if and how they sinned. One of these well-known heroes that Dante did not place in a layer was the Anglo-Saxon warrior, Beowulf. Beowulf is known for defeating three monsters that were threatening the safety of the Danes. The slaying of these monsters gave Beowulf power in society that he eventually used to become King of the Geats. Although Beowulf was not alive during this time, one can assume that Dante would have assigned
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