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YMMV: The Divine Comedy

The epic poem

  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Italian literary critics have dissected the poem word for word over the centuries finding new meanings for each verse. And knowing the Dante's love for allegories, they might be partially right.
  • First Installment Wins: The Inferno is the best known part of the work, probably for its Nightmare Fuel.
  • Intended Audience Reaction: Beatrice is used by This Wiki as the example of a "good" Mary Sue to show that Tropes Are Not Bad. Dante is similarly a "good" Marty Stu/Anti Stu.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Ugolino committed treason, but you can't help but feel sorry for him after he's imprisoned in a tower to starve to death with his sons.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here."
  • Misaimed Fandom: Some readers mistake what Francesca had with Paolo for love, when it was meant to be lust.
  • Tear Jerker: Ugolino's backstory and tragic death.
    • Brunetto Latini's fate. Driven home in that Dante does describe him as a "radiance among men" and other praises.
    • The story of the suicides, particularly the one who committed suicide after being imprisoned for a false charge.
    • The story of Francesca and Paolo makes Dante cry and faint.
  • Values Dissonance: Paradisio has nuns who were raped in the lowest heaven and unable to enter the ones above, since this broke their vows of chastity.
  • What an Idiot: Some of the Hypocrites have this response to Virgil trusting the devils regarding how to cross over their tier of Malebolgia when, in fact, all of the bridges are broken. One essentially says "Lying is in the devil's nature. Weren't you aware of this?"
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The final cantos of Purgatorio describe creatures that wouldn't be out of place in the biblical Book of Daniel or Revelation to John. These included 6-winged angels with eyes covering their wings, a gryphon, an analogue for the Whore of Babylon, and a giant who abused said Whore of Babylon.

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