Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Literatures, Languages, and Cultures

First Advisor

William M. Magee

Second Advisor

James Doyle


In the realms of literature no work of man has ever answered the question of St. Augustine, "Am I immortal or not?" with greater vividness of imagery, based in a large measure on the teaching of Christianity, than Dante has in his Divine Comedy. Not only the condition of the soul after death does he visualize, but as a philosopher he proposes for our instruction in the course of his journey many questions of dogmatic thought, affecting the Hereafter.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts. College of Liberal Arts.