Dante Alighieri's The Inferno

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Dante Alighieri's The Inferno has gained great recognition over the years as one of the most important classic literary works of all time. Well known as the source that has influenced many modern day depictions of Hell, The Inferno also contains many themes and ideas that suggest how people should behave in life by demonstrating the consequences for those who do not follow God's path. In this terrifyingly striking epic poem, Dante the Poet works to make many statements of truth, though one stands out far more than the rest. Throughout The Inferno, Dante develops the idea that one must always remain vigilant and choose the proper way or suffer the consequences of God's Divine Justice regardless of one's social, political, or economic status. In The Inferno, the reader may find the definition of God's Divine Justice straightforward. However, as the reader makes him or herself through the poem, he or she finds the underlying complex nature of God's Divine Justice become evident. According to Dante, God created Hell in order to make sinners suffer for straying from His path to a state of felicity. When Virgil and Dante the Pilgrim reach the Gate of Hell in canto III, an inscription above the gate reads, "SACRED JUSTICE MOVED MY ARCHITECT. / I WAS RAISED HERE BY DIVINE OMNIPOTENCE" (C. III li. 4-5), demonstrating that the concern for justice indeed resulted in God's development of Hell. In The Inferno, a sinner's punishment matches the nature and degree of their sin through the

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