Analyze the purpose of Dante's "Inferno."

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Dante Alighieri wrote The Divine Comedy as an Italian epic poem.  There are three parts of it, concerning Paradise, Purgatory, and Hell, but most people only read the Inferno.  One purpose of the Inferno is social commentary.  Dante places a few popes in Hell for their excesses and corruption.  In Dante's Hell, the punishment is usually tied to whatever crime the person committed on Earth.  Some crimes are treated more harshly than others, with the harshest crime being betrayal.  The sins in Dante's Hell correspond with the sins found in Catholicism and, in the book, one can see where every person has failed in their spiritual journey.  Dante's journey through Hell is supposed to represent how man can look at the consequences of his sins and hopefully reject them in order to get closer to God.

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Let me give an overview of the purpose of Dante's Inferno, but please realize that analyzing this classic could be a book itself.  Inferno is the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy and...

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