So far I'm really bothered by Dante (the Poet, the Narrator, and the Pilgrim)'s ego. It seems at almost every turn he's either indirectly talking about how great he is or judging others for their beliefs, actions, ect. This may be a tad critical, but "self-righteous" comes to mind.
First and foremost, I simply cannot get over how Virgil and the others who lived before Christ will never make it to Paradise. To me, this fact reveals that no matter how virtuous a life you live, trivial matters (like your date of birth) can get you sent to Hell. Granted they're not forced to chase around a banner or eternally commit adultery, but I don't think a virtuous soul should have to walk around and sigh for all of eternity. How could that possibly be part of the "Divine Plan?"
Secondly, isn't pride one of the Seven Deadly Sins? Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes pride as "inordinate self-esteem." Dante the Poet and Narrator are certainly guilty of pride. We see Dante the Narrator talking about how he can't possibly measure up to Aeneas and Paul and make it through Hell. However, seeing as he has already made it through Hell safely, he knows he can make it. He's basically talking about how great you have to be to make the journey, so that when we find out he has made it we'll think he's a hot-shot. So Dante can go on being Mr. Self-Righteous, but be lustful and you're sent right down to the depths of Hell? Am I getting this right?
That being said, I find The Divine Comedy endlessly fastening. However, as of now, I find it hard to accept it as anything other than an imaginary tale. Meaning, I can't seem to look at it through a Christian standpoint. Of course, it has endless allusions to Christian doctrine. If Dante had been attempting to describe Hell, to me, he made it far to personal. It some cases we've seen so far, it appears he just simply damned the type of people to Hell who he personally didn't like.