Virgil’s Influence on Dante’s Inferno Virgil’s Influence on Dante’s Inferno an Excellent Poet in His Own Right Dante Greatly Admired the Success and Personal Character of Virgil. Virgil Is an Interesting Character

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Virgil’s influence on Dante’s Inferno Virgil’s influence on Dante’s Inferno An excellent poet in his own right Dante greatly admired the success and personal character of Virgil. Virgil is an interesting character greatly influences Dante as a poet and as the main character in the Inferno. In the Inferno, Dante turned the poet Virgil into the guiding character that was to be responsible for teaching and leading him along his pilgrimage through hell. Throughout the Inferno there are specific situations that demonstrates Virgil’s influence among Dante, as a poet and, as the main character. There are also other specific situations that demonstrate Virgil’s ignorance of Catholicism, which relates to his placement in hell. Virgil not only aids Dante as the guiding character in the Inferno, but also aids Dante in his writing of the Inferno as a poet. Dante calls Virgil his "master and author (Canto I)," which emphasizes how important Virgil has been for Dante as a poet and a philosopher. “Dante borrowed as well from Virgil the poet much of his language, style, and content.” Because Virgil is made out to be an atheist, Dante being Christian could not copy Virgil’s exact outline but instead created a hell distinct from, yet still reminiscent of Virgil’s Underworld of Book VI. Dante’s interpretation resembled a more Catholic understanding of what hell should be like and modernizes Virgil’s perspective into what sort of people and crimes are deserving of hell’s occupancy. Dante’s positioning of Virgil in hell’s hierarchy is important as a character and mentor of Dante’s. According to Christian doctrine no one outside the Church without the first Sacrament, baptism, can be saved. Dante going along the Catholic doctrine chooses to put Virgil among the souls suspended in Limbo. Souls are assigned to Limbo because they were virtuous individuals who had no knowledge of

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