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The Divine Comedy of DmC

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Vezild

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A theory from the "Recurring Characters" thread got me thinking. As many of us should know, Dante and Vergil's names come from the epic poem The Divine Comedy, which is a classic of medieval literature from Dante Algheri that tells an allegory of a journey into the rings of hell.

Now, there are a lot of similarities between the poem and DmC that might be more than coincidental, and these could be broken down into several pieces. My theory is valid assuming that Vergil is the voice we hear at the beginning of the latest gameplay trailer, though.

The Names:
This is the most obvious similarity. Dante is the main character of both the Divine Comedy and Devil May Cry. In the epic poem, however, he is not a swashbuckling, smart aleck of a hero, but a man who happened to journey into hell. In his journey through the forsaken kingdom, he learns things about himself as a sinner and a son of God. This, in my opinion, could be taken into comparison with the little tidbits that we know about DmC. Is this Dante not learning things about both his angelic and demonic heritage?


Vergil is another name in the poem. He is Dante's guide and mentor, guiding him through Hell. He seems to show a bit of knowledge about the realm, also. In the original series, he works as Dante's evil twin brother, leaving only his name as something he takes from the poem, but in this new game, he might be the mentor and guide his poetic counterpart was. Of course, this is assuming that Vergil is indeed in the game.

Now, this may just be a mere coincidence, but notice the titles of both the poem and the game. The Divine Comedy can be abbreviated as DC. Devil May Cry is now abbreviated as DmC. Why is the m miniscule, and the D and C capitalized?

Limbo or Lust?
I feel that the world of Limbo is only a glimpse of the Demon's realm. Limbo is synonymous with Purgatory, which is where the dead are left because they are neither serious sinners or righteous people. In the Divine Comedy, this is where unbaptized babies and other not-so-evil-but-not-so-good people go. This is also the First Ring of Hell. Now, let's look at Dante. He is both angel and demon, both good and evil. He is constantly sucked in Limbo, though.

Why doesn't he stay? Why is Limbo so colorful and vibrant?

Now about Lust...

Dante is known as a "sexual deviant" and a terrorist. We know why he is known as a terrorist, though. So, since that mystery has been solved, I want to turn attention to sexual deviance. Could this translate to Lust? Notice how the default demons resemble women. Could they be representatives of Lust?


Lust is also the second ring of hell in the Divine Comedy. Dante, with his sexual deviance and all, might just be on the border of crossing into that realm and the mannequin-type enemies might symbolize this.

But why, then, do other demons appear? I'm thinking they simply just cross by later on.

Now, I am going to bring Limbo and Lust together.
In the Divine Comedy, Lust is bright and constantly windy, swaying you about. Could Limbo in DmC, constantly shifting and making you readjust, be Lust with a different name?

In conclusion...
...the story and many elements of DmC might be taken from the Divine Comedy. Maybe the game in itself is an allegory, much like the epic poem. Maybe Vergil is indeed in this game, serving as a guide much like Vergil from the Divine Comedy. Maybe as the game continues, we will go deeper and deeper into hell, and finally into Paradiso, just like Dante in the Divine Comedy did.

Unfortunately, my theory ignores Kat and many other elements that I have forgotten. It could also seem confusing because I find it very hard to write down my thoughts.

I did not read the full poem, but I do understand quite a few things and I have done some research as I made my theory.

EDIT: I forgot to mention another part of my theory!
EXTRA THEORY: International Lampoon

The Divine Comedy lampooned, in a way, the culture of the time. We had several icons and figures in Hell because of something they did, which, to me, is kind of funny. DmC is also going to poke fun of our world. I I'm beginning DmC is Ninja Theory's Divine Comedy.
 

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This thread made me very interested, so I will reread the Divine Comedy when I get the chance. It be interesting for the other Circles of Hell to appear in this game as well. Ninja Theory described Limbo as being a "layer above the city". Then maybe the other Circles of Hell are above Limbo.
 

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It's been a while since I've read La Divinia Comedia (I read Inferno and Purgatory), but just so you know, Trish translates roughly from Beatrice, also Vergil is spelled Virgil in La Divina Comedia. Just so you know though, Dante wasn't a scythe wielding whoring crusader in the poem, he was a poet.

And Lust wasn't just "windy" in the Divine Comedy, It was a freaking eternal tornado.
 

Vezild

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It's been a while since I've read La Divinia Comedia (I read Inferno and Purgatory), but just so you know, Trish translates roughly from Beatrice, also Vergil is spelled Virgil in La Divina Comedia. Just so you know though, Dante wasn't a scythe wielding whoring crusader in the poem, he was a poet.

And Lust wasn't just "windy" in the Divine Comedy, It was a freaking eternal tornado.
I knew that bit about Dante. In the poem, he was not a guy who bled badassery and kills demons at all.

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Notice the part at the beginning that says "GLUTTONY IS GOOD" over the Burger sign.
Since that sign appears at the carnival, maybe the carnival symbolizes indulgence, or enjoying yourself. Gluttony isn't just eating tons of food, but also overindulging yourself.
 

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I don't think Gluttony is Good is realted to the circles of hell at all, after that you can see CONSUME, SUBMIT, OBEY. They represent the "real intent" of propaganda, the message they don't say directly. They represent how the corporations (that I believe the Demons are a metaphor for) control society.

There are demons everywhere... In every level of society, in every part of the world.
 

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Kat is asked by Vergil to guide Dante. Kat works for Vergil.
yup but that dosent entirely mean that vergil guides dante in the game and from what i remember in the divine comedy is that dante asked that if vergil could help him in any way in hell but vergil said that he was just a spirit and even if he tried he couldnt do anything in hell because he wasnt capable the same thing we see in kat she is like a ghost in limbo only to guide dante and she herself cant interact to it she is more like vergil of the devine comedy in the game.

oh and i just remembered i dont understand how you relate limbo to lust as both are two different circles of hell.
 

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I knew that bit about Dante. In the poem, he was not a guy who bled badassery and kills demons at all.


Since that sign appears at the carnival, maybe the carnival symbolizes indulgence, or enjoying yourself. Gluttony isn't just eating tons of food, but also overindulging yourself.
I remember when EA changed him into a scythe wielding crusader version of Nero for their Dante's Inferno, He yelled "BEATRICE!" every 5 seconds
You know the more and more I hear about the story, the more and more it sounds like They Live
 

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What is this Kat working for vergil thing? I haven't seen or heard anything about this. Are these all theories or is there actual proof?

(it gets annoying when you can't watch long vids)
actually its just a theory that a voice in the start of the demo could be vergils and maybe it is but not 100% sure of it. the voice tells dante that kat will guide you as she can see limbo so we assume (if that being the voice of vergil) kat is working for him
 
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actually its just a theory that a voice in the start of the demo could be vergils and maybe it is but not 100% sure of it. the voice tells dante that kat will guide you as she can see limbo so we assume (if that being the voice of vergil) kat is working for him

Thanks DeamonslayeR.... with the download limit on my internet, it means i can't watch long vids... *feels like she's missing out* :'(
 

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Thanks DeamonslayeR.... with the download limit on my internet, it means i can't watch long vids... *feels like she's missing out* :'(
i hope you could watch but id warn you because if that is the voice of vergil you wouldnt be pleased and it seems he's kind to dante by the way he talked but if it is him im glad that atleast hes in the game. he also says's that "mundus dosent know i exist so ill stay hidden until the time to strike" now that seems as if its vergil.
 
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"Don't f*** with a god" I'd imagine that's how this new version of vergil would sound.
(first time i've watched that video too).
Plus, i love the song on that video.

i hope you could watch but id warn you because if that is the voice of vergil you wouldnt be pleased and it seems he's kind to dante by the way he talked but if it is him im glad that atleast hes in the game. he also says's that "mundus dosent know i exist so ill stay hidden until the time to strike" now that seems as if its vergil.

Perhaps Vergil wants Dante to defeat.. i dunno... someone important, then Vergil would betray Dante... (hand him over to the demons). So i suppose i'm saying maybe Vergil is setting him up.
 
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