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The spiritual journeys of Augustine and Dante in The Confessions and the Divine
Comedy respectively have a similarity as the two characters seek grace and divine love as well as
a real closeness to God. This essay describes and interests Dante and Augustine’s journeys, the
differences and similarities portrayed and the messages intended by the authors to their readers.
In Divine Comedy, Dante’s journey commences with a poet who is brought out as
submerged into sin. He has been spiritually lost in what is depicted as the darkness of the woods.
However, someone is sent to be his guide, Virgil, an ancient Roman poet. Virgil is a symbolism
of wisdom and human reason. Virgil advises Dante that in this journey, the only escape is to
allow Virgil to lead him through the first stage which is Hell, the second stage which is
Purgatory. This is where Dante experiences a feeling of transformation and begs Virgil to fulfil
his promise of rescuing him from that evil place he found himself in. This would be the only way
that Dante would know the nature of sin as well as the result or outcome of his deeds. The
rejection and renunciation of sin occur at Mount Purgatory where Virgil led Dante. While at the
mountain Virgil explains to Dante that, he (Dante) can hardly accompany him to the third stage,
Heaven which is the final journey. He explained that human reason could hardly reach Paradise,
which is the eventual height. Therefore, rather than accompanying Virgil, Dante is accompanied
and led to Heaven by Beatrice, his lover and who lives as a blessed person in the afterlife.
Beatrice is a representat...