Cecilie Skov, Pernille Nykjær Nielsen, Simone Maja Andersen, Kristina Lohse Hoffmann, Kenneth Hallas & Jesper Krogh Lindhardtsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The purpose of this thesis is to establish and highlight the connection between Dan Brown’s Inferno and the first part Inferno of Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy. Dan Brown presents issues in a fictional universe that reflects real world problems. The two main issues are overpopulation and the question, as to whom or what is to be defined as evil. The world is currently facing these issues and the importance of debating the issues shall not be understated. The thesis’ purpose is to understand the vast amount of intertextuality between Brown’s Inferno and Dante’s Inferno. The themes, Brown uses in his novel, are The Black Death, Mythological creatures and Dante’s life. Furthermore the thesis aim to understand the world in which Dante lived and wrote The Divine Comedy in the Middle Ages, and how the Comedy has contributed to the way people has viewed Hell through the ages. Research into the ways Lucifer has been described through times makes it clearer to understand why Lucifer is a big part of the Comedy. The conclusion of this thesis is that all though Brown’s Inferno is fictional, it has elements of the truth and the real world issues. The point of the novel is to get the readers to reflect upon issues, such as overpopulation and how to solve a future crisis.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2015
VejledereAksel Haaning


  • Inferno
  • Dan Brown
  • Intertekstualitet
  • Overbefolkning
  • Helvede
  • Dante