Dante's Inferno - Symbols and Themes
Symbols and Themes in the inferno - Dante's Inferno
THE THREE CREATURES
THE GATES OF HELL
The Three Beasts represent the Worldliness that Dante is trying to escape from. His spiritual path is blocked by these hideous beings, and he needs Human Reason (Virgil) to help him turn the path of turmoil into spiritual reconcile with God.
Hell has existed before man, and will exist forever because the punishment of sin can never end. Therefore, all souls who enter (except for those on a heavenly errand, like Dante) should abandon any hope of return.
ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE
Dante admired Virgil’s work and considers him a voice of reason. He calls on Virgil to be his guide; Human Reason can only get a person so far on their spiritual journey, before Divine Love, or Faith, takes the person the rest of the way.
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