Symbolism Of Sin And Corruption In Dante's Inferno

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Dante’s Inferno imposes an allegorical journey through Hell. Many symbols were used to create a sense of how the wrong-doing of oneself is the set up to one’s own personal hell. The first symbol introduced in the poem was The Dark Wood of Error. This represented worldliness and how the soul can become corrupt with envy, lust, and gluttony. All three of these sins are represented by a panther, lion, and she-wolf. The sin and corruption is shown with, “What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,/ Which in the very thought renews the fear” (Alighieri line 5-6). While Dante was beginning to fall of the path to Heaven with temptation of sin and corruption, he runs into Virgil. Virgil symbolizes human reason. This is because he leads Dante through
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