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“Abandon all hope you who enter here.” In the Inferno, Dante describes his own fictional journey through Hell on his way to Heaven. During his travels, Dante finds that sinners are placed in different parts of Hell based on the severity of their sins. Those who commit benign sins are placed on higher levels, and those who perform more egregious crimes are stationed near the bottom of Hell. Furthermore, Dante discovers that each man’s punishment is cleverly devised as a fitting retribution for his sin. Those guilty of gluttony, a sin of excess, are pelted and consumed by an abundance of slush and ice. Similarly, the fortune-tellers and diviners who distorted the truth are themselves physically distorted, have the heads put on backwards. As Dante visits each circle or level of ell he recognizes one or more of the characters receiving the punishment. Some of these characters are fictional, but many are real people from Florence and the neighboring cities who had died shortly before the story occurs. By using characters that his audience would have been familiar with, Dante is able to more clearly describe the sins he wishes to portray. Dante uses this story to share is view on how individuals can become corrupt and how they will be punished. Unfortunately Dante is a flawed human and his own view of Hell has many errors. Logic and scripture show that Dante view of Hell fails by dividing Hell into levels, by choosing incorrect levels of Hell , and by inaccurately portraying God’s punishment.The Divine Comedy, the trilogy containing the Inferno is Dante’s masterpiece. Yet despite his best efforts, the Inferno often fails to portray truth. In dividing Hell into levels, in choosing those levels, and in describing their punishments, Dante often violates scripture. This however, does not mean the piece is worthless. The story paints Hell as a horrendous place that no man would want to visit. It encourages readers to avoid sins that sent the characters into hell, and, more importantly, it compels readers to seek Christs forgiveness for those sins so that they will never face God’s wrath. Every book about Christianity will be like this. All works written by men will be fallible, but a judicious reader can discover how to recognize the errors and learn from the truth that author attempts to portray. And if a reader seeks a book that is entirely truth, he need only look for the nearest Bible. The words of God will never fail.


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