Inferno And The Divine Comedy

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Inferno (c. 1314) serves as the first part of Dante Alighieri’s poem Divine Comedy which is a journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. On a broader level, Divine Comedy serves as an allegory for the journey of the soul towards God through the created earth. Inferno and the Divine Comedy serve as a form of scholastic thought, the rational study of religion, as Dante draws on medieval theology to share the modern view on God and the afterlife. This essay explores Dante’s perception of the universe and man’s place in it. Throughout Inferno, Dante provides a unique perspective on his view of sin and justice—these views a direct result of Dante’s own beliefs and the current political situation in Florence. A major theme that Inferno underscores is that God represents justice and love. His justice can be seen in Hell as the magnitude of each sin corresponds to the punishment one will receive in the afterlife. Throughout Divine Comedy, Dante shares a vision of an ordered universe where everyone is where they belong. The structure of the universe, specifically Hell, can be seen as a representation of God’s love for His people. Sin is a violation of divine perfection and without God’s love; everyone would be punished for their sin. As Dante and the reader are taken throughout Inferno, we can see that Hell is just another creation of God’s justice and love as each sinner is punished according to how contradictory their sin is to God’s will. The structure of Divine Comedy is the…
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