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SYMBOLISM AND ALLEGORY
Suppose you're watching a detective movie, where the "good
An allegory is a story that has one meaning on the literal level,
and another on a symbolic or metaphoric level as well. Very
often in an allegory the characters represent abstract concepts.
The action works out a moral, by showing how the concept
Is Dante's work an allegory? How would we know? He says it
If we look at Dante's quest as he moves up in the hierachical
Level Movement between two poles (quest) - Narrative Dante makes a literal journey from Hell to Heaven. Allegorical Dante moves from a state of sin to salvation. Dante moves from a will frozen by acedia to an openness to the grace and love of God. Moral Dante moves from simple perception of sin and punishment to an understanding of what sin is, and what it does to the soul. Because he understands sin, he also comes to understand and desire the will of salvation. Anagogical Dante moves from the worldly to the spiritual ideal. This is the spiritual or mythical level in which Dante sees and is reunited with the One, the sublime.
Naturally, each reader must decide for himself or herself