Paradiso Symbolism, Imagery & Allegory
Sometimes, there’s more to Lit than meets the eye.
The "Stars" (Planets)
Like the circles in Hell or the terraces in Purgatory, the stars in Heaven reflect the nature of their inhabitants. For example, the moon is mottled with moon spots, creating an uneven surface. Lik...
The Eagle is a symbol of Divine Justice. Appropriately, it is formed by the souls of just rulers in the sphere of Jupiter. How do we know this? Well, a major clue is that the Eagle talks about Divi...
The Three Circles
At the end of Paradiso, when Dante looks upward to see the face of God, he sees three circles instead:…three circles appeared to me; they had three different colors, but all of them were of t...
Light and Vision Imagery
This one is deceptively simple. All the light imagery represents the Love of God, right? But how it works is a different story. First of all, let's deal with the light of the souls. As King Solomon...
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