If the Light of Grace is at the top of the hill, why must Dante go down in order to reach it?

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allyson | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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Dante has to go down through the Inferno because he has to acknowledge his own sinfulness and weakness before he can be forgiven and strengthened. The main message Dante poet is trying to tell us is that man cannot redeem himself, but he must take responsibliity for his sinfulness.