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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.


***** is a period in life ***** which ********** take on new responsibilities, in the family, and at work and 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 them, their faith or lack ***** it is in doubt, very often there are crises in personal ***** ***** life, there is a general need to "reappraise previous life structures with an eye to mak*****g revisions while there is still time" (Huyck, 1997).

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

Dante's mid-life s*****uation

The Divine Comedy is thought to be written by Dante's mature years. In t***** epic poem, the opening canto of Inferno ***** Dante's own 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 the fear! It ***** so b*****ter that death is *****ly more *****." Ever since ***** ex*****tence of a mid-life crisis ***** been postulated, Dante's experience has become the metaphor ***** the middle life years. (Atkinson, R., 2002)

In ***** context ***** a normal, socially prescribed rite of passage, a 'crisis' is the halfway point through a natural process. If one foc***** on only one part ***** a complete *****nd purposeful process, one may m*****s the intent of the whole. People in traditional cultures accepted that the life cycle comprised stages and ***** gett*****g through the *****s of transition was a ***** process. They did not fear the middle (i.e., the conflict or crisis) ***** of the process; because they knew it would be resolved eventually. (Atkinson, R., 2002) Dante was an ardent Catholic, as well as a Cl*****ssicist who had *****en living the lfie ***** a political exile away from his beloved Florence. In The ***** Comedy, he created a highly regimented Hell, developing a hier*****rchy of sins in the tradition of Greek philosophy. Each s***** was illustrated in well-kn***** figures ***** 14th century ********** and the legendary Greeks and *****omans,


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