In The Inferno, by Dante, the main character operates on several levels. Dante serves as a Christian hero because he undergoes trials and tribulations in his search to find the souls true path in life. Dante also portrays himself as everyman. He does this by showing that he also suffers from sin. In The Inferno, hell is in a spiral shape, and is divided up by the seriousness of the sin committed. The sinners are stuck in their location in hell where there punishment fit the crime that they committed.
At the top of hell is where what Dante considered the least sinful people belonged. This is the home of the people who suffered from lust, and gluttony. The sins got worse going down until the very bottom was reached. In the very bottom of hell were the traitors, and people who cheated other people. According to Dante, these were the very worst people in hell. It seems that every sinner in hell tries to misrepresent the truth to rationalize away their sin.
In The Inferno, Dante comes across several people that are known public figures, and / or people that Dante knew on earth. Among these is Brunetto Latini who Dante admires and is shocked to find him there. Another person that Dante comes across in The Inferno is Francesca da Rimini, who Dante realizes he would have had the same fate. Dante also runs into Ulysses of which who led people to death, and has a flaming tongue. Vanni Fucci is another person that Dante runs into in hell. Vanni Fucci is there for robbing a church, and now the serpents have attacked him.
Dante's goal in his writing is that he wants to write the defining work for the culture that he lives in. He writes, "our lives journey", so the rest of humanity can link his experiences to his own.