Dante’sTheDivine Comedytale stresses the significance of divine love and salvation. Theliterature is tightly structured and inclusive of diverseChristianity values. The allegory thoroughly integrates Christianvalues through ensuring that the entire overview touches on essentialChristian themes. For instance, the events of the plot take placeduring the Easter Week. In its entirety, the narrative is complex asit refers to varied modern politics, biblical stories, history andclassical myths. Nevertheless, the plot’s image emphasizes onclarity and the universalism importance. The author concludes thateverything happens for a given reason and final salvation objectivesare greater than the actual power strife that exists between thereligious and worldly leaders. The purpose of this essay is toexplore the function of doubt and faith when looking for anindividual’s path to God, knowledge or to superior personalknowledge.
Dantegets lost in a thick and dark forest. When looking for a way out ofthe hard situation, he decides to climb to the mountain top wherethere was some light. The sunlit mountaintop symbolizes humantorments. View at the mountaintop could enable him to determine hislocation, as well as a strategy to exit from the hard situation.Humans face such situations on many occasions in life. For instance,they know the goals that they need to accomplish amidst severalchallenges (dark forest), but achieving the target can prove asignificant problem. The hard-to-achieve goals results in despair. Onthe other hand, the sky and the sun symbolize Heaven. Christianitydescribes Heaven is a distant place that the human should go to resteternally. It provides solace to suffering and challenges that peopleexperience when on earth. Just as the light from the sun promises toassist Dante in locating an exit from the dark forest, the Heavenpromises an end to human misery once they rest in peace. Dante’sjourney to the mountaintop (salvation) encounters three challengesthat are represented by a she-wolf, a leopard and a lion. Each animalrepresents a unique form of difficulties (Alighieri, 1909, p. 291).”
Theauthor argues that high human knowledge and the capacity for gettingout of challenging situations is explicitly determined by God’sgrace. “Creating all minds in his own Mind’s bliss, endows eachwith as much grace as He wishes, at his own pleasure – let thisfact suffice (Alighieri, 1909, p. 292).” This implies that Godprovides the level of knowledge to individual persons as He findsfit. However, the author refutes that God endows human experiencedepending on their righteousness. Instead, he asserts that God givesknowledge to anyone irrespective whether is righteous or not. “Thedifference is only in God’s gift of original grace (Alighieri,1909, p. 292).”
Howcan humans become good people? Dante argues that humans can becomegood people through creating covenants with God and asking for hisdivine leadership. For example, he describes circumcision as one ofthe covenants that many Christians made in the middle age era tosymbolize their loyalty with God. Circumcision served as specialwings that for flying them into Heaven. Later, after Christ came, heintroduced baptism as an additional covenant that Christian faithbelievers undergo as an encouragement for going to Heaven (Alighieri,1909, p. 292).
Theallegory also claims that no person can claim sole responsibility ofremaining good individuals and firm Christianity believers. This isbecause infants and children that are yet to attain maturity dependon the adults’ guidance. “No soul through his merit earned hissoul, but through another’s under fixed conditions (Alighieri,1909, p. 291).” Since children’s knowledge level is not welldeveloped, they are compelled to rely on counselling and guidancefrom parents.
Theauthor also asserts that moderate suffering is necessary to humanbeings as it encourages them to remain steadfast in their faith.Inconveniences make Christians turn to God as they search for primallove. Christians can conveniently access God’s mercy throughprayers. In fact, the author describes prayers as the primary sourceof energy for human beings since it enables them to penetrate God’sallegiance. Humans and leaders who attempt to achieve excellence ontheir own often fail terribly because they lack the grace they needto achieve excellence. “Looking toward Him/ you penetrate hisradiance as deep as possible./ But lest you fall backwards beatingyour own wings/ believing to ascend on your own power (Alighieri,1909, p. 294).”
Whathappens after humans die? The question of death forms a significantpart of the allegory. The author asserts that Christians acquire anew life after death. The dead meets Jesus Christ, who sufferedhumiliation at the hands of non-believers for the sake of savinghumankind. The dead meets Jesus on the throne as he welcomes theminto the kingdom for remaining steadfast in Christian morals andethics (Alighieri, 1909, p. 294).” In my opinion, death opens adoor for believers to celebrate their suffering on earth. The deadmeets every person who lived a righteous and prayerful life in theirlifetime (Alighieri, 1909, p. 295).
Dante,A., & Cary, H. F. (1909). Thedivine comedy.New York: P.F. Collier & Son.