In the beginning of the story Dante pities the sinners of hell but as the story progresses Dante slowly learns to not have sympathy for the sinners of hell and adopt a much less pitying outlook toward the punishment forced upon the sinners, viewing this as a reflection of divine justice. Seeing that the actions of one’s life reflects the quality of one’s afterlife.
I myself have always believed that my actions either positively or negatively affect my life and that of those around me as well as possibly having some determination on my possible after-life whether or not it exists. Reading Dante’s Inferno again as an adult with more grounded beliefs than I may of had as a teenager gave me more insight into literature of a religious context, allowing me to analyze it with a more discerning eye. That being said this was always an interesting read with great detail and interesting analogies.