This essay deals with Dante's Inferno and how sin and love compare and contrast to each other throughout Inferno.

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The Divine Comedy, despite its religious and political undertones, remains a piece of literature which can be considered to be a poem. When viewed in this manner, it is made possible for the reader to realize the connection between evil and good. The book "Inferno" is a depiction of Dante's journey through hell. His passage through hell symbolizes the connection between love, transgression and punishment. These connections can be best understood through cantos 2,3,5 and 15. As Dante journey's through hell and its nine circles, he comes to realize that each circle he enters into represents a greater sin, which, in turn, is followed by a greater punishment. Dante's journey through hell began when his life became turbulent and he felt that he was no longer on the right path to "Paradiso".

A connection between Beatrice and Dante is established in Canto 2. The connection between the two can be interpreted as being a misleading form of love.

Beatrice, the symbol of Divine Love, becomes an angelic spirit who now holds a place in heaven. She is informed of Dante's troubles below, on earth. She decided at that point, to go down to Hell and ask Virgil to help correct Dante's error, and aid him in his return to the right path. These actions taken by Beatrice exemplify love and compassion at its best. Dante was delightfully surprised when Virgil explained to him what Beatrice had done. As a result, Dante began to feel less frightened of his situation and was truly content to hear that his true love Beatrice had gone to heaven. Dante's happiness was extended even further because of the proclamation of Beatrice's love and care for him. However, the fact that Beatrice was married before her death is misleading. Her actions towards Dante could easily be...