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This Essay Deals With Dante's Inferno And How Sin And Love Compare And Contrast To Each Other Throughout Inferno.

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The Divine Comedy, despite its religious and political undertones, remains a piece of literature which can be considered to be a poem. When viewed in this manner, it is made possible for the reader to realize the connection between evil and good. The book "Inferno" is a depiction of Dante's journey through hell. His passage through hell symbolizes the connection between love, transgression and punishment. These connections can be best understood through cantos 2,3,5 and 15. As Dante journey's through hell and its nine circles, he comes to realize that each circle he enters into represents a greater sin, which, in turn, is followed by a greater punishment. Dante's journey through hell began when his life became turbulent and he felt that he was no longer on the right path to "Paradiso".A connection between Beatrice and Dante is established in Canto 2. The connection between the two can be interpreted as being a misleading form of love. Beatrice, the symbol of Divine Love, becomes an angelic spirit who now holds a place in heaven. She is informed of Dante's troubles below, on earth. She decided at that point, to go down to Hell and ask Virgil to help correct Dante's error, and aid him in his return to the right path. These actions taken by Beatrice exemplify love and compassion at its best. Dante was delightfully surprised when Virgil explained to him what Beatrice had done. As a result, Dante began to feel less frightened of his situation and was truly content to hear that his true love Beatrice had gone to heaven. Dante's happiness was extended even further because of the proclamation of Beatrice's love and care for him. However, the fact that Beatrice was married before her death is misleading. Her actions towards Dante could easily be viewed as sins of lust or adultery and one may wonder how such actions could be performed by an entity which exists in heaven. In this respect, the love that is shared between Dante and Beatrice is both positive and negative. Love exists between the two, and one cannot argue that love is a wonderful thing. Nevertheless, the circumstances of a persons love cannot be forgotten. Beatrice was married and therefore a sin was committed when she proved her love for Dante through the actions she took to save him.A connection between evil and good is illustrated in Canto 3. Focus is placed on Virgil, who lives in hell, and Dante. Virgil led Dante to the gates of Hell, and he immediately noticed the inscription above the gates which read, "Abandon all hope, you who enter here" (Line 9). Instantaneously, Dante began to fear for his own safety. This fear became greater as the cries of torment and suffering began to ring louder and clearer. Virgil explained to Dante that the cries were shouted by those who lived their lives without making conscious decisions about living morally good or evil lives. For these persons, both heaven and hell denied their entry. Dante described the Hell before him as a "suffering city".God created...

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