Dante And Homer Essay

2431 WordsMar 23, 201110 Pages
Good and Evil Many dimensions, such as cultural context, religion, principles, experiences, time period, and way of life, can influence the premise of an individual’s thoughts. An individual has many worldviews depending on their place of origin. The mind adjusts external information to fit the individual’s paradigm. Therefore, cultural misinterpretation can occur in words, gestures, objects, and social context virtually anything you can think of has different meanings within two civilizations. This can present a great challenge to the all mankind. World literature combines with the idea that the diversity of literature and culture can be viewed as a common denominator within their cultural context. In the situation of Homer and Dante they were two well recognized and talented writers of the their time. Both writers analysis humanity within two separate paradigms, on the other hand they share some similarities. In my discussion I will take a voyage through time starting from Dante’s Medieval “Divine comedy” The Inferno to Homer’s Greek “Epic” The Odyssey staged at the end of the Trojon war. During my voyage I will analysis Dante and Homer’s view of Good and Evil within the cultural contexts of their literatures. And classify Homer’s characters into the circles of Hell. Dante’s premise was influenced by the medieval context in Florence, Italy. In Florence the Roman Catholic Church and Pope were at a raise, and the rebirth of a long forgotten ancient civilization of the Greek’s; during the medieval time the answer to everything started with God. The notion of God was that God’s breath was the foundation of our souls. Therefore God was believed to be within all of us. God symbolizes everything and anything that is not self-love or self-indulgent. Dante’s Inferno was heavily influenced by the seven deadly sins (Cardinal sins). In the Inferno Dante takes mankind on a

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