Compare and contrast the two poems, The Odyssey and Dante’s Inferno exploring the theme of good versus evil.

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In Homer's The Odyssey, the theme is good and evil is most illustrated through the conflict between the gods and mortals and demigods. For instance, evil is illustrated through Neptune's treatment of Odysseus during the time that he won't let him go home for killing the king of the Cyclops. In Dante's Dante's Inferno, the theme is most illustrated through the levels of the circles of Hell the unrepentant dinner dwells on and the punishments there: the worse the evil, the lower the level and the worse the punishment.