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Dante’s Inferno: Plot Overview


The Inferno is a human drama and a comedy, which is a journey through hell torment, a middle-age appearance, as well as a protest that is against the ways men have to thwart the divine interpretation plan. Dante writes the fictional account of him moving in through some major three divine realms, which are hell, purgatory, and heaven. He explains more on the three retributions that at the end or justifiably, he puts the categories into their right position. He also insights on the sin nature of humankind and applies the law of nature to condemn every sin that it must be equal and well-fitting of the appropriate punishment. Therefore, as a notion of divine retribution in The Inferno, providing concrete ideas and examples, the punishment inscribed fit for the crime or sin committed.

Virgil takes Dante on a guided tour to hell where they go around in the nine circles and finds all types of evildoers in them. He comes along pre-Hell, lustful sinners who toss in endless storms, gluttonous sinners suffering under cold filthy rain, the heretics in fiery tombs, violent sinners. All these categories of sinners are punished heavily.
They are in different hells, the upper hell and lower. Dante says, “Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself In dark woods, the right road lost” where he signifies of a religious aspect of an impending journey. He also notifies that the life we live is on the literal realm, “sin is a status of the mind” The crimes as he indicates are fit for the punishment due to the mindset the sinners had(Dante, White, and Doré).

Works Cited
Dante, Alighieri, Lawrence G. White, and Gustave Doré. The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. New York: Pantheon Books, 1948. Print.

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