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The inferno vs. What dream my come

Since the time that Christianity and other religions introduced the idea of heaven and hell, people started to wonder about that idea. They started to have questions about what is hell and what is paradise, but more important what comes after death. Many thinkers, writers, poets and scientists wrote or expressed their own ideas about afterlife. In this paper I will discuss the similarities and differences between two pieces that depicts hell, Dante’s inferno from the divine comedy and What dreams may come. Dante’s inferno is an allegory about a man’s journey through the nine-circles of hell in order to bring back the woman he loves. She was taken away from him by Lucifer, because of the sins he committed. On the other hand What dreams my come is a story about a man called Chris who went through hell to bring back his wife whose called Anne, whom she went to hell because she committed suicide. The main them here is that love lasts even in the afterlife. The first thing you notice in Dante’s inferno is the traditional way of depicting of hell. Hell is divided into nine circles, each circle deals with a sin. Moreover, everything is standardized and detailed. For example, the seventh circle which is devoted for the sin of violence and it is divided into three rings. The outer ring contains the people who commit violence against people and property, the middle ring houses people who commit suicide and the inner ring is for the people who commit violence against God. On the other hand if you take a look into What dreams may come, the depiction of afterlife is seen in an orthodox way. In another words the afterlife is different from one person to another the person creates his or her own hell or paradise. In this case Chris, his heaven is living in the paintings of his wife and Anne she created her own hell which is living without her husband and children. Other notable differences are the reasons behind both journeys. In Dante’s...
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