Divine Comedy: Paradiso Background

Divine Comedy: Paradiso Background

The third as well as final part of Dante's Divine Comedy, Paradiso is the sequel to the Inferno and the Purgatorio and it narrates Dante's journey through heaven. Paradise, in this work, is depicted as a series of concentric spheres.

Ending Dante's epic on an uplifting note, this poetic narrative is an extended metaphor that traces his journey through heaven. It explores the vast theme of theology in a complex and extensive manner, and is itself a representation of the soul’s ascent to God. The central theme explored in this work is that of medieval theology. However, it interpolates other thematic elements like that of love, conviction, sin etc. This work, unlike the other two parts of Divine Comedy, delineates the landscape embellished with cardinal and theological virtues.

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