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Inferno

Inferno

by Dante Alighieri

Analysis: Narrator Point of View

Who is the narrator, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?

First Person (Central Narrator): Dante

In our "Character Analysis" of Dante, we’ve discussed how it’s important to distinguish between author-Dante and character-Dante. Here’s why: Our narrator is primarily character-Dante because he’s the one documenting his feelings as he experiences Hell. But his observations are often informed by the historic knowledge of author-Dante, who has already lived these events. Example: when talking to Brunetto Latini, Dante lets slip that he wants to show his work to Beatrice. Which won’t happen until Purgatorio.

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