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Dantes Hell How is Dantes Hell relevant to todays society For starters though Dantes visions seem drastic cruel and even inhuman I feel that a lot of his thoughts are very relevant to society today Perhaps in a different way punishment being applied differently but society in mind still would and can relate to Dantes vision of hell The sins that these people have committed are still taking place every day This is probably one of the foremost reasons for Dantes success among our people He uses light and dark imagery which is repetitive and abundant throughout the cantos The light representing reason truth righteousness and goodness as displayed with the fact that the hill to Divine Light is cloaked in rays of the sun The dark he depicts as times of torment blindness and evil This imagery is seen in the fact that the path through Hell that Dante must take is dark and the sun does not shine there Dantes Inferno describes the descent through Hell from the upper level of the opportunists to the most evil the treacherous on the lowest level His allegorical poem is a detailed description of sin and its relationship to degrees of punishment Dante once a spiritual and holy man now feeling less than holy wants to remain in his spirits with God To do this Dante must recognize the true nature of his sins renounce them and pay penance for them by traveling through the nine levels of hell He arranges the sinners in a hierarchy and distinguishes a few specific characters within each group While Virgil acts as Dantes mentor and guide Dante himself acts as a mentor for some of the souls in Hell He informs them as to what is happening in the land of the living The sinners also function as mentors by telling Dante about themselves their sins and about
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