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Dante, Boethius, and Christianity Essay

… In Canto IV of the Inferno, once he crosses with Virgil, in a ferryboat with Chiron at the helm, Dante finds himself and Virgil surrounded by a sad, dark valley:

That valley, dark and deep and filled with mist,

Is such that, though I gazed into its pit,

I was unable to discern a thing. (lines 10-12).

The light of the earth has been swallowed by the darkness of Hell.

In Canto V, Dante speaks with the adulterous Francesca de Rimini "through the darkened air" (line 89). Francesca, buffeted about endlessly by strong winds, tells Dante the story of how her adulterous love for her brother-in-law, Paolo Malatesta, his brought them both this point, the Second Circle of the Inferno, where those who let lust…. [read more]

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