The Divine Comedy Questions and Answers
by Dante Alighieri

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What does The Divine Comedy reveal about human nature? 

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Dante’s The Divine Comedy has a wide range of characters with many different backgrounds and personalities. In order to discuss human nature throughout this long epic poem, consider what all of its human characters have in common, including the souls that were once human. All of these characters—regardless of their location in the three parts of Dante’s story—are subject to God’s law. To be human is to be bound to God’s order. Individuals can follow or transgress that order, but they all have to contend with the consequences.

Ignorance of God’s law as it is revealed in Christianity does not excuse a person from their obligation to it. For example, pre-Christian philosophers and poets end up in Limbo, a part of Hell without any actual punishment. While these figures did not choose to break any sacred laws, and are therefore not punished in a painful way, they were never baptized and therefore cannot enter Heaven. Just being human bound these Greek and Roman figures to those...

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