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Who Was Dante?
Dante was born in 1265 in Florence, Italy. When Dante was 9 he met Beatrice Portinari, his inspiration for most of his major poems even after her death in 1290. In between 1285 and 1302 he was very active in Florence's government, he served as a soldier and served in several political offices. Because of his political views he was expelled from Florence. The Inferno was written between 1308 and 1320. In 1319 he moved from Verona to Ravenna, where he completed the Paradiso, and where he died in 1321. The book which Dante wrote was The Divine Comedy which included three books, one of which was The Inferno.
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What is "The Inferno"?
The Inferno is the first part of Dante Alighieri's poem, the Divine Comedy, which chronicles Dante's journey to God, and is made up of the Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Paradise). Dante starts on ground level and works his way downward; he goes all the way through the earth and Hell and ends up at the base of the mountain of Purgatory on the other side. Dante traverses all nine circles of hell; limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery. On the top of Purgatory there is the terrestial paradise (the garden of Eden), and after that he works his way through the celestial spheres.
The dark fiction gave birth to the Tuscan Italian dialect and is widely considered the work that has defined the western world’s contemporary conception of hell and purgatory.
The plot of the Divine Comedy is thus very simple: it is the narrative of Dante's journey towards redemption. The Inferno is generally thought to be the best and most interesting part, which may be a result of its inverse structure: the moral plot is less visible because Dante descends into Hell. God is almost totally absent, and Dante, not excessively constrained by piety, feels free to make Hell colorful and lively, which is not necessarily the case in the Paradiso.In this project, you will use your PhotoShop skills to create your interpretation of the Hellacious visions that Dante might have seen in his journey through The Inferno.