The Inferno comprises the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy, the initial segment of a spiritual journey that will take the poem's narrator, the "pilgrim Dante," through purgatory and into paradise. Dante conceives the entire journey as a learning process for its central protagonist and for the reader, the former serving as a kind of Christian everyman whose status as a sinner and need for redemption is shared by all humans. In his theological views, Dante was a strictly...
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