The Divine Comedy

By: Alex, Katie, and Cody

The Main Theme:

There are many themes targeted in this epic, we decided to focus on a few.

1. The Justice of God: Dante creates a relationship with the sin committed on Earth and the punishment one receives from God. The details the are used to describe hell help to explain how hell is used. Hell is portrayed as a place of punishment.

2. Evil Goes Against God: Dante follow very strict religious quotas, he takes the Christian faith very seriously. He believes to be a truly good person you must focus on not only your happiness, but the happiness God has in your actions. Dante sees sins as a way to rebel against God, and the most severe way to attempt to upset God.


The Divine Comedy starts off as a simple stroll on Good Friday. But the initial assumption that this epic is simplistic is very wrong. Dante is walking into a heavily wooded area and comes upon a second traveler who directs him into the gates of Hell. The two travelers journey through Hell and see all of the realms or "circles". Each circle holds a different type of sinner, or person i.e.: hypocrites, seducers, thieves etc. Throughout these circles details about the punishment for each sinner are revealed and the severity of the punishment is realized. Dante and the other traveler see the souls of these sinners, and are able to fully grasp the concept that the souls are going to spend an eternity in a true hell full of torture, demons, and punishment. The poets eventually encounter Satan and pass into the realm of the upper world, on the morning of Easter Sunday. Occurring on Good Friday and Easter Sunday play off the religious aspect of the epic, they insinuate that a Christian's walk of faith, or confirmation of faith, is much like the realization many people had when Jesus was crucified. The whole epic focuses of not disappointing God, living for God, and how your actions affect you in the eyes of God and their consequences.

4 Elements of The Divine Comedy

1. The Epic Hero: Dante

2. The Heroic Quest: Dante journeyed through Hell

3. Epic Conflict: Dante had to move through many realms/circles of Hell

4. Divine Intervention: When Dante meets Satan and is allowed to pass into our World


The Divine Comedy was written during the Middle Ages. During this time politics were greatly influenced by two powers, the Pope and the Holy Roman Empire. The Pope claimed he had power over everything, and the Holy Roman Empire concluded that the Pope only had power over religious matters. The difference in opinions turned the people against each other and in some cases turned families against each other. Dante is believed to have been trying to remind his society that God reigns over all, and that the coming in the Jesus is more important than the political views people had.


There is a serious tone throughout the epic.

Author: Dante Alighieri

Type of Epic: Was written as a book, and has a specific author

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