- What do you think Dante learned on his journey through Hell? How does it differ from what you learned while reading about the journey?
I believe that Dante learned quite a bit throughout his journey. I believe Dante learned that if he did not change the way he was living and treat everyone good he would end up in one of the nine levels of hell depending on the sins he did not repent. The nine levels of hell were places he did not want to end up being punished in for eternity. What Dante learned during his journey and what I personally believe do not really differ. I have always been taught to treat everyone how I would like to be treated and ask for forgiveness not “if’ I screw up but “when’ I do that I would go to Heaven. I think that Dante realized that truly believing there is a heaven and if he repented his sins then he would be accepted into heaven.
I agree with your point about Dante realizing the truth of Heaven, the fact that Virgil is sentenced to Limbo and Virgil is one of Dante’s heroes makes me think that Dante wasn’t truly a believer before his trip through hell. Its this journey through, paralleled with his exile that shows how Dante gained faith through pain.
The fact that Dante saw the levels of hell must of had a great influence on how he saw the importance of going to heaven.
I completely agree with your view on Dante. I feel the same way. The journey made him reevaluate his life and positively change it.