Dante travels through nine circles of hell where he sees people suffering punishments. As he enters the gate of hell, he sees the famous phrase inscribed upon it: "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." People are in different circles of hell grouped according to their chief unrepented sin while living. They suffer punishment that fits their sin.
"Dante’s Inferno" has been used to title films, video games, and amusement rides.
I was fascinated by Paradise Lost and Dante’s Inferno and Mike Carey’s Lucifer.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Heavenly Fire
It was like going into the transit version of Dante’s Inferno.
Malcolm Gladwell -- The Tipping Point
He had no idea where he had got his picture of academic life—perhaps from the Dore illustrations of Dante’s Inferno with its massed and radiant angels.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
Father Michael turned the corner, looking like he’d just been through Dante’s Inferno.
Jodi Picoult -- Change of Heart
"The entire novel is more fun if you’ve read Dante’s Inferno, Joyce’s Ulysses (the chapter in which Bloom brings Molly breakfast in bed), Homer, Proust (À la Recherche du Temps Perdu), and The Maids, a play by Genet."
Tracy Kidder -- Mountains Beyond Mountains
In a circle from Dante’s Inferno, with a very low number, she thought, and she began to shiver.