After Reading Inferno

Inferno was really… different to anything else I had before. Firstly, it was a poem… that had over 100 pages. The whole story was just different as well. Dante used himself as a character inside his own story. Plus it was a book about hell. How weird is that? I usually don’t really like reading books that involve strong religious views because they tend to be trying to make the reader believe in a certain religion for advertising purposes, or they may also seem to be narrow-minded and don’t really grab my interest. However, Inferno is written about hell on the surface, but is actually talking about all the corruption in the world. Inferno doesn’t seem to be writing for the sake of Christianity, but seems to be using Christianity as background support for his thinking. Most amazingly, he actually points out some problems about his own religion; which is quite unusual. This is why Inferno seemed to be less biased and annoying to me. I could read it without feeling like I was being pressured to change my thinking. It’s also interesting to see how his ideas are mostly related to real life. Many things that he mentioned were things that I had no idea about, so I could learn new points of views as well.

Apart from that, I found the book pretty difficult. All the language and metaphors and hard vocabulary. I really had to concentrate a lot to get some idea of what was going on. Some cantos were easier to read than others though.

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