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Dante's Inferno

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The Bible vs. The Inferno Written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and 1321, the Divine Comedy is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature. Dante's inferno gives many people an idea of what hell could look like. It makes many think about sin have been committed and the punishments that could entail. The nine circles that Dante makes are completely influenced by him. The Bible says nothing about circles or specific punishments for sins. Even though Dante was a devout Catholic who based some of his crimes the Bible, many of his punishments and his description of crimes however were portrayed differently in his writing. One of the biggest differences between Dante's work and the Bible is that in the Bible everyone who goes to hell gets the same punishment. ...read more.


Well the Bible gives the impression that any sin against the Ten Commandments will be punished unless you repent. This instills fear in people not to commit crimes and not matter what sin big or small you will be punished with a horrible crime. The climate of hell is also different in the Bible and The Inferno. The Bible is said to be very hot and full of fire. "A place where men are tormented with fire and brimstone"(revelation 21:8). While The Inferno is the opposite. Some of the circles of hell in The Inferno are said to be hot or burning but the deepest and last circle hell is frozen over and the criminals are placed frozen from the neck down. ...read more.


In conclusion Dante's version of The Inferno is more of a journey through his interpretation of what he thinks hell is like. The Bible, to many is the true source of what we should expect in hell. While The Bible says by repenting you sins you can go to heaven The Inferno says nothing about redemption after the crime is committed. The Inferno shows more of Dante's opinion based on life experiences and people he had issues with in his lifetime. The Bible is the accurate source for the Christian version of the underworld or hell. Furthermore Dante did take some ideas from the Bible but most of his work is of his own mind and should not be followed or truly believed. 1 ...read more.

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