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SUMMARY: This is a paper that describes Dante's journey through his 'mid-life' crisis. It uses 7 sources in MLA format and it has a list of bibliography.


Mid-life is a period in life in which ********** take on new resp*****sibilities, ***** the family, and at work ***** changes are often wrought within, not only in the physical but also in their spiritual self. The realities of life ********** stare them in the face, a very real possibility of death begins to strike *****, their faith or lack ***** it is in doubt, very often there are crises in personal ***** ***** life, there is a general need to "reappra*****e previous life structures with an eye ***** mak*****g revisions while there is still time" (Huyck, 1997).

***** term of "mid-life crisis" was originally coined by Jaques (1965) who claimed that people encounter a crisis *****s they ********** their own mortality *****d a change in time frame from "time since birth" to "time left to live." (Shek, 1996). Specifically, the mid-life crisis is often thought to include: worries about ***** future, inability to enjoy leisure time, a feeling of failing health is deteriorating, a neg*****tive evaluation of the marital relationship, a negative evaluation of work life, and stress ar*****ing ***** taking care ***** the elderly. (Shek, 1996). However,.".. it is now appreciated that a critical component of experiencing a cr*****is is being able to see it through to a resolution." (Atkinson, R., 2002)

Dante's mid-***** situation

The Divine Comedy is thought ***** be written ***** Dante's mature years. In t***** epic poem, ***** opening canto of Inferno describes Dante's ***** mid-life situation as follows: "I found myself in a dark wood, for the straight way was lost. Ah, how hard it is to tell what that wood was, wild, rugged, harsh; the very thought of it renews ***** fear! It ***** so b*****ter that death is hardly more *****." Ever s*****ce the ex*****tence of a mid-life crisis has been postulated, Dante's experience ***** become ***** metaphor ***** the middle life *****. (Atkinson, R., 2002)

In ***** context of a normal, socially prescribed rite ***** passage, a 'crisis' is the h*****lfway point through a natural process. If one foc***** on ***** one part of a complete and purposeful process, one may m*****s the intent of the whole. People in traditional cultures accepted that the life cycle comprised stages ***** that getting through the *****s ***** transition ***** a ***** *****. They did not fear ***** middle (i.e., the conflict or crisis) ***** of the process; because they knew it would be resolved eventually. (*****, R., *****) Dante was an ardent Catholic, as well as a Cl*****ssicist who had ********** living the lf***** of a pol*****ical exile away from his beloved Florence. In The ***** Comedy, he created a highly regimented Hell, developing a hierarchy ***** sins in ***** tradition of Greek philosophy. Each s***** was illustrated in *****-known figures in 14th century Italy *****d the legendary ********** and *****omans,


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