What's the main message of the book and who was the audience and why were they selected by the audience?
what is the impact of the context of the times on the message of the book and how does dante's personal context contribute to his rendering of this particular message?
One of Dante's messages is his belief that various types of sin will have different consequ3encesz in the afterlife. Of course, the religious control of almost all aspects of life during Dante's lifetime certainly played a part in his choosing his message. However, The Inferno also allowed Dante to express personally what he felt were the worst sins and even more specifically whom he found to be the most egregious sinners from the past.
I agree with the above post as the meaning of writing the Inferno was the consequences of one's sins while living. It can also be seen as one's punishment by their own doing, which is similar to what was stated before. It seems as though he was trying to scare those who were doing wrong or not very religious to become so or else "these" (happenings when passed) would happen to you.
How successful was Dante in putting across his message?