gentlemen, I ask you if you know classic novels or poems about Satan. I love the story of Dr. Faustus and Mephistopheles by Christopher Marlowe. Share your knowledge about it.
Let's see, Dante's Inferno is loosely centered around satan, The Monk is pretty evil, though satan is not involved directly, Jurgen I believe satan hangs around a bit, Melmoth the Wanderer, definitely has some satan in it, Bulgakov's Master and Margarita has Satan throughout, and is pretty darn good, I believe Twain wrote a book about satan, or short stories?
i know very well Dante's Divina Commedia, i'm italian, it's a masterpiece. The Monk is a gothic novel, I'm quite interested on this kind of novels. Paradise Lost by John Milton, is also a good one. I don't know the other novels/poems, let me see...
Yes, the Divine Comedy was amazing, though, i did have the general sentiment that it was less interesting the closer one got to god. Inferno was astounding, Purgatorio was less so, but still spectacular, and when Paradiso rolled around, I was checked out.
in my opinion, Inferno is the most interesting part of the whole poem. I noticed as you go on in Purgatorio and then Paradiso the description of the characters or set becomes less intense and full of passion, if you know what i'm saying. However there are several moments, in Purgatorio and Paradiso, in which the speech reaches almost the sublime.
Inferno is objectively the least poetic part of the poem, and that was also by design. The poem "improves" as you go from hell to paradise to mirror the pilgrim's ascent
all of the Divine Comedy is great. I think the general readership prefers the Inferno for its passion, and poets and writers tend to prefer Paradiso and Purgatorio. There's more intellectual thought put into the latter two parts (a lot of theology, book of Revelation symbolism, toying with Medieval philosophical ideas, etc.) but Dante (the character/narrator, not Dante the writer) is less purified in Inferno so we get more traces of his humanity: notably, his spite towards sinners who spited him personally in life, his tears upon seeing the worst of sufferers, his utmost wish to carry their memory back to the world of the living)
By Paradiso, in Canto I, Dante exclaims up front that he's not going to really be able to give Paradise the poetic justice of Inferno or even Purgatorio. He's changed -- he's on his path to God, PERSONALLY -- he's overawed and less human, he's pure.
It's all great but one part isn't better than the other.