Dante's Inferno-Direction of God's Justice

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Papadakis 1 ! Taylor Papadakis Casto ENG 205 March 12, 2015 Dante’s Inferno- The direction in God’s Justice Musa, Mark. Introduction. The Portable Dante. By Alighieri. Trans. Musa. New York: Penguin 1995. ix-xxxvi. Print. In Dante’s Inferno, Dante is looking for the direction of God’s justice, ironically, through the tour of Hell. Dante teases the reader at first, thinking that he will be killed by the one of the three beasts that approach him. Dante uses these monsters as symbolism of distraction from what he’s striving for, a relationship with God. His purpose is to show the reader that even the most horrifying people or situations that come forward in life, God always has a way of making himself present. Gods presence is apparent in the beginning of the story as he tests Dante’s fate against the beasts, but it is also present when Dante first enters Hell. Dante questions why he is even chosen by Virgil for the journey through Hell. Upon learning this, Beatrice, a woman who persuades Dante through Virgil to go through Hell, tells the Virgin Mary this and she sweeps for him. Dante questions Gods presence and his relationship with him , but through Canto II it is apparent God will be there through Hell as well as show him that anything, even going through Hell, is possible with him. Dante creates an imaginative correspondence between a soul’s sin on Earth and the punishment of which you receive in Hell. Our sin on Earth is something that we can avoid Papadakis 2 ! through the word of God. Upon arriving in Hell, Dante comes to see that Hell is of no mercy and even the smallest of sins or mistakes can land you there. In Canto III, Dante comes to find the people who failed to choose evil or good in their time on Earth were condemned to a purgatory. This makes the reader and Dante question the expectations of how one should be on Earth and avoid Hell. Dante wants to
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