1. What do you think Dante learned on his journey through Hell? How does it differ from what you learned while reading about the journey?
While I think that it can be agreed upon that Dante changed after his journey through the levels of hell, I also grasped another aspect. While I think Dante realized that how one lives their lives, the afterlife in hell (if one doesn’t go to heaven) will punish you accordingly to how you lived. His journey to me, made it seem as if he was reassured about heaven. Being able to witness hell, and seeing people he knew suffering, I think made him really rethink his way of life and if this is how terrible hell is, what will heaven be life? The same kind of extreme but all good?
For me, I personally can still not, and I don’t think I ever will, be able to grasp eternity. I know that I would not want to spend it in any of the nine levels of hell.
I also agree that during his journey through hell it was an eye opener and allowed him to believe in changing the direction of his life.