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A Literary Look at the Afterlife Essay

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Since the beginning of time, legions of people have all had their own interpretation of the after-life, and if there even is one. Many philosophies, religions, and individuals have all asked themselves the same question at one point or another: Is there a Heaven or a Hell? Where will my body go? Will my soul follow?
The Bible has many passages in which it describes its specific thoughts and claims on the “afterlife”. The afterlife as noted in the Bible, is divided into two different places, Heaven and Hell. Under this notion, everyone will continue their life after death eternally either in Heaven or Hell based on the type of life they lived.
Where one spends the rest of their life is determined by whether a person puts their trust in
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In his narrative poem The Divine Comedy Volume 1: Inferno, Dante recounts the story of a Pilgrim’s journey through hell. Inferno is based on Dante’s own idea of what the afterlife looks like and the matter in which it functions. As the Pilgrim sees it, Hell is subdivided into nine different “circles” which separate the sinners by the nature of the indulgence they have committed and its corresponding “contrapasso”, or form of punishment. The larger their sin is, the lower the level to which they are doomed to spend eternity. After reading the poem in its entirety, a reader discovers that Dante has made a spot in Hell for just about every type of sinner, even those who go against the mere thought of the afterlife. While on his journey, the Pilgrim is guided by Virgil the poet. Together they pass through different circles of Hell witnessing the atrocious punishments that all the sinners are serving. Though some circles hold gluttons, and others house those filled with lust, there is one circle in particular which is home to those who chose to live their lives denying the existence of an afterlife as it is explained in the Bible. Dwelling in the sixth circle of Hell are the souls of “arch-heretics”. Heresy is an opinion at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine of a church or religious system consequently; heretics are those who have their own opinion against the accepted doctrine (dictionary.com). Mark Musa affirms in his
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