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Why is he obsessed with hell?

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Zee Dante was disgusted with politicians and powerful people of his time and found the way to punish them - very successfuly and for all times. They may have ruled during his lifetime and made his life miserable, but the poetry brands them as evil forever. Dante’s muse and love interest who died young and innocent appears in Paradise, the third part of the Divine Comedy. Keep in mind that in the 13th century Italy religion was huge, bigger than today, although sometimes I wonder about some contemporary Americans.
Kumari de Silva He's not obsessed with Hell. Hell is the setting for the first part of the poem. There are two other parts: Purgatory and Paradise which are equal in length to Inferno
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