Divine Comedy

What is the relationship between classical and Christian culture in the Divine Comedy, especially the "Inferno?" Be sure to account for Virgil, the ancient Roman poet, who accompanies Dante on his journey.
While the classical culture does not use fear as a way to illustrate eternal pain and suffrage after death Dante who wrote the Devine Comedy has been said that he wrote the book for the church in the Christian culture to make those who were not walking with God fearful, but gave them hope that there would be paradise after death for those who followed the laws of the Christian faith. Some say that it was just propaganda for the church.
Dante who lived during the years of 1265-1321 was born in Florence Italy to a wealthy family. During the time of his youth there were two political groups that divided Florence. One group followed the guild lines of the Pope and the other group followed the Emperor. In 1302 Dante was exiled from Florence and during this time he would travel from place to place involving himself in politics. It was during this time that he wrote The Devine Comedy.

In The Devine Comedy the one Dante chose to guide him through hell and purgatory was Virgil and his guide through paradise was Beatrice who was Dante’s muse. The book is broken into three sections:
    1. Inferno
    2. Purgatory
    3. Paradise
Dante explains what one must do to achieve eternal life and that it is based on their chosen life in other words how one lives their life while here on earth. What sins they have commented, what they have done to repent these sins, and will they have salvation. The book tells us a lot about what Dante believed in a ideal society when it came to the Pope and the Emperor.

The main characters of the book are Dante himself who is lost in the sins of the world and he can’t seem to find any way to get himself out of this world. Then he encounters Virgil, who was sent by Beatrice to escort him out of this realm however, in order to get...