Role of Numbers in the Comedy
comedy, the numbers three, seven, and ten
show up continually. We see the three structurally, as there
three books, 33 cantos per book, and a terza rima rhyme scheme that is
based off of threes (aba, bcb, cdc), There are 9 (3x3)
the inferno and satan has three faces. Violence is broken
into three parts: Towards others, towards self, and towards God.
There are 9 levels of hell and the ante-hell makes 10.
There are nine levels of purgatory and the earthly paradise
it 10. There are also 9 heavens in paradise, and Empyrean
it 10. The three primarily represents the trinity of
Christianity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Divine Comedy
written as a religious work and thus the trinity is an easy explanation
for the use of threes.
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in the Divine Comedy.
Uses of Threes in the Divine Comedy.