What attitude does the heavenly messenger display towards the damned in Inferno? Is this attitude appropriate?
In canto IX of Inferno, the heavenly messenger displays anger towards the damned. He reproves them for slamming the gates of Dis, thus barring the way for Virgil and Dante. He then reminds them of the injuries sustained by Cerberus, the hound of Hades, when he was dragged along the floor of the underworld by Hercules.
The heavenly messenger's attitude would seem to be entirely appropriate. By closing the gates of Dis, the fallen angels are defying God's will.
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