Tuesday, October 8, 2013
When I read the head notes for The Divine Comedy and saw the the picture of hell, I thought I wouldn't enjoy Dante's Inferno because of the way hell is so rigidly structured. When I think of heaven and hell I don't think of them as having different circles or groups of people, much less a super rigid structure. In my mind, heaven and hell more so represent a place for good people and a place for bad people, respectively. I actually don't know if I believe in heaven and hell... but thats besides the point. If I did, indeed, believe in heaven and hell, the hell that Dante illustrates is nowhere near the hell I imagine, but he portrayed heaven similarly to how I picture heaven. However, I just finished reading the first 4 cantos in Inferno and I really enjoyed it. Maybe Dante's portrayal of hell won't irk me as much as I thought it would.