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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 Dantes journey through hell His passage through hell symbolizes the connection between love transgression and punishment These connections can be best understood through cantos 235 and 15 As Dante journeys 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 Dantes 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 Dantes troubles below on earth She decided at that point to go down to Hell and ask Virgil to help correct Dantes 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 Dantes happiness was extended even further because of the proclamation of Beatrices 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
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