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The Inferno is the first part of Dante Alighieris poem the Divine Comedy which chronicles Dantes journey to God and is made up of the Inferno Hell Purgatorio Purgatory and Paradiso Paradise In Dantes Inferno Dante Alighieri expresses his views on sin the punishments of hell and redemption He does this through the main characters of Dante and Virgil Dante is taken by Virgil on a journey through Hell Purgatory and Paradise in order to teach him the nature of sin its punishments and the way to salvation On this journey he fills a thirst for knowledge in a quest to regain his soul and to find his way back to god Dantes inferno is a record of his moral and spiritual experience of illumination regeneration and beatitude Norton 1012 In Dantes Inferno Dante divides hell into different sections each having a different punishment He allocates each sin to a different level depending on the severity of the sin committed Dantes Hell is shaped like a funnel that extends all the way to the center of the earth It is situated underneath the city of Jerusalem which is at the center of the northern hemisphere Opposite Jerusalem at the center of the southern hemisphere is the mountain of Purgatory Lucifer is stuck at the bottom of Hell where he fell after the defeat in his rebellion against God This funnel is composed of nine circles The first circle is the widest and progressively the ninth circle is the smallest This ninth circle surrounds Lucifer Each circle is reserved to a different class of sinners Limbo the first level of hell is located in Ante-Hell but those in Limbo are damned nonetheless The rest of Dantes Hell can be categorized by Upper Hell and Lower Hell Upper Hell or The Incontinent consists of five of the nine levels of hell those being Lustfulness the Gluttonous the Avaricious and Prodigals the Wrathful and Heresy Dante perceived
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