Dante's Inferno by Dante

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Dante's Inferno is a poem that is profoundly medieval and profoundly renaissance. As this poem was written during the middle ages, there are plenty of medieval qualities throughout the poem. The medieval qualities in this poem are that this poem is very narrow-minded. Without questioning, Dante puts souls in Hell where they should be, because they should be there. Never does he question, I liked this person, should he or she really be there? For example, while placing the great poets such as Homer, Horace, Ovid and Lucan in the first circle of hell, he does not question whether or not it was these poets' fault that they were born before the advent of Christianity. He simply knows that these people were not baptized; therefore they were not Christian and places them in hell. He does not question the character of these people, asking himself if they really deserve to be in hell This is very much a quality of the medieval times, "things are as they are, not as they should be."

Everything in hell is the way it should be, and never does Dante let his own thoughts or views come into the way, while writing about hell. For example, he puts one of his own party members and closest friends, Brunetto Latini as well as his own relative into hell, although in his opinion they may be decent men or he may be fond of them and love them.