Dante's Inferno

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According to Dorothy Sayers, “The Inferno is not only hell, it is also human life when life has become hell. It is the closed human heart, a funnel of dissipation, violence and malice. The Inferno raises questions about the individual human heart and the human community. Dante’s hell gradually reveals itself not as a bizarre book of horribly arbitrary punishments in another world but as a clinically accurate unmasking of human corruption in this world.” Based on human actions upon earth we do live in a hell. Dante takes us on a journey through his version of hell but upon a deeper look you realize that the same weight that each sin holds in hell is equivalent to that of earth. Each level of the inferno is measured by the severity of sin and in life we tend to categorize people in the same manner by their day-to-day actions. In the vestibule and the first circle of hell we meet all the neither bad nor good people and the unbaptized people. Generally, in everyday life we don’t look down upon the people who are all around good people who don’t sin. In cantos III Dante asked Virgil why the people were there and Virgil’s response was, “These have no longer any hope of death; And this blind life of theirs is so debased, They envious are of every other fate. No fame of them the world permits to be; Misericord and Justice both disdain them. Let us not speak of them, but look, and pass.” Just as in life we don’t pay much attention to those who don’t warrant any real sin, in hell these same people are looked over. They chose to live in a state of limbo on earth, so they are now condemned to live out the rest of eternity like that. Some of them chose neither good nor evil and the others did not accept Christ and heaven or hell wants nothing to do with them. On earth we choose our own path and this seems to be the right one but Dante shows us that it is a sin we have

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