Many scholars rightly note the use of Dantean imagery and ideas in The Great Divorce, but they do not focus primarily on the relationship between Lewis’s and Dante’s presentations of some central themes. Dante, like Lewis, is deeply concerned with human nature and decisions, especially as they relate to eternity. I propose that Lewis’s The Great Divorce presents views on the intertwining issues of finitude, freedom, and eternity, views which closely reflect those presented by Dante in his Commedia. An examination of each author’s full treatment of these three themes is beyond the scope of this paper, but a brief comparison of their messages in these works certainly merits consideration.
"A Time to Choose: Finitude, Freedom, and Eternity in Dante's Commedia and Lewis's Great Divorce,"
Inklings Forever: Published Colloquium Proceedings 1997-2016: Vol. 7, Article 37.
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