Inferno-A Trip Through Symbols And Hell

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Inferno which is the Italian word for hell takes us into such a ride through the world of darkness. It is the fourth novel by Dan Brown after his popular series after Angels and Demons, The da Vinci Code, and the Lost Symbol. This novel also is another attempt by Brown to unravel the deep secrets of history using the works of Dante Alighieri. It is through Dante’s eyes in the form of his exemplary poem collection ‘The Divine Comedy’, that Langdon gets ushered into his mission. The poems, basically depicted the journey from hell to purgatory to heaven is a means to a virtual chain between a human soul’s sins while he is on earth and the grueling punishment one awaits at the doorsteps of Hell.

The story revolves around the city of Florence in Italy where Professor Robert Langdon is led into another grueling mystery. So it all begins with him being diagnosed with amnesia, that is as soon as he wakes up on the hospital bed in Florence, he realizes how clueless he is with regards to his current state. On finding a bullet wound to his head, about which he knew nothing for the time being, he is unaware of the fact that a group of assassins is after him. Langdon’s mission is now to find out the missing link to the events that occurred with him in the past few days with the help of his doctor, Dr.Sienna Brooke while trying to stay a step ahead of his captors. As the captors keep chasing, Langdon and Dr. Sienna keep moving on from one destination to another with the help of symbols and towards a hunt for the answer. They are shown to be moving from Gates of Paradise at Florence Baptistry to Palazzo Vecchio of Florence in the process. The antagonist, an extraordinary scientist is already shown dead in the beginning, but it is through the series of his mind blowing master plan that he attempts to create havoc and put the human lives in danger of a fateful end. He goes on to form a bio weapon, a deadly virus which he plans to release into the earth that will claim more lives than possibly imaginable. The villain considers this means of destruction as an idealistic way to curb the worldwide problem of population explosion, which according to him is the worst disease and puts into action a chain of events that would set out the virus, killing millions immediately, thus according to him bringing back the desired balance. His believes that the Black Death plague that consumed thousands in the European Continent, or any form of calamity befalling the globe was a blessing to all its denizens.

The quote referring to the scientist,”Nothing is more creative, or destructive, than a brilliant mind with purpose” is thus very appropriate. It is now up to the Harris Tweed clad professor as to how he takes up the significant task of protecting the world from the sadistic effects of a madman. Worst of all he has a very limited time span to work on roughly 24 hours. Thus he, along with the pretty, intelligent doctor who is somehow related to with the dead antagonist are pushed into a series of puzzles from Dante’s works(Here Dante’s work acts as the solving guide) till the end where the revelation of the antagonists identity leaves the professor dumb founded. He was being used as a means to reach the end the entire time. In the end of the book, the scientist somehow succeeds in his task.

The book covers the entire cities of Venice, Florence and Turkey with its beautiful descriptions of the ever-wonderful places as the story moves on. At some parts the story gets dragging and slightly predictable. It is very much similar to his prior works. Especially, if yu have been a huge Dan Brown fan, you are sure to find several similarities. After all, Inferno is not much different than the former books where history, art, symbols, clues, puzzles is fused into one and revelations leading on to a feeling of déjà vu. Above all, Inferno raises a moral and ethical question in front of the whole world. How many do you have to sacrifice in the run for saving the many? This piece of work by Brown brings facts to our notice that just like this scientist who prefers to show no kind of mercy and patience, his motive to bring the extinction of Homo sapiens not in a gradual way but make it a quick and catastrophic process finds takers and supporters. This brings us back to my first point. This is a time of absolute moral crisis. What do we do in this case act or let the events unfold on their own to sit back and quietly watch? When we hear news of ‘the world coming to an abrupt end, does really make any difference to us? Finally, Inferno makes you keep pondering, which is the right side. The final conclusions can be more confusing than imaginable. According to extremists the time bomb has already gone off. Is the antagonists truly a cruel madman or would his deeds actually benefit all of us?

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