Examples Of Allegory In Dantes Inferno

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The allegory of Dante’s The Inferno is a reminder of a sinner before he becomes aware of the need for salvation through Christ. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ give us victory over sin which is given to every believer. God sent his son Jesus into the world that through him sinners will be saved. As the story begins Dante is on a journey to righteousness where he encounters three beasts that troubles him and nearly keeps him from moving forward on his journey. As I read more I conclude that the three beasts in the form of the leopard, the lion and the she-wolf represent sin which Dante struggles to overcome therefore he loses his ability to stay on the path which causes his vision becomes distorted. Sin causes us to have partial…show more content…
Virgil is a metaphor of Jesus who comes to rescue us from the dark place of sin and damnation to a life of victory in him. God was moved with compassion for mankind and sent his son Jesus to die for the sins of the world. Contrary to the way the world views heroism Dante displays heroic behavior when he realized that despite his own sense of unworthiness he needed God to be victorious. The Christian view of heroism is unlike the classical view because a depend totally on God to deliver and rescue us from our circumstances and sin. The Bible says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23, New International Version).” Dante’s expression is that despite our sinful ways God is willing and able to deliver us. Metaphorically speaking Jesus is the hero of men souls. Homer and Virgil served pagan gods whereas Dante sought truth and salvation in relation to the true and living God. It is important that Dante respond differently than that of Homer and Virgil because his fate depended on it. The heroes of Homer and Virgil’s time depended on their own personal strength regarding victory however Dante put his trust in the Lord for
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