Throughout the Divine Comedy, Dante used various manifestations of the number 3 in many instances, especially in the Inferno. The whole comedy itself is the most obvious instance of the use of the number 3. It is made up of three books: the Inferno (Hell), the Purgatorio (Purgatory) and the Paradise (Heaven). Each book is made up of exactly 33 cantos and each book is written in the same 3 line per stanza style. The verse scheme is is called terza rima (ABA, BCB, CDC,… YZY type of patten). Throughout his whole poem he uses this scheme and does not change it. This scheme shows how important three is. Just organizing the essay in lines of 3 helps bring this circular motion into this epic poem. The number 3 is seen in many other instances in the Inferno. The first big instance is seen in Canto 1, when Dante is faced with the valley, hill and sun, which represent hell, purgatory, and heaven. Also in this Conto he is faced with 3 beasts: the lion, the leopard, and the she wolf. The lion represents violence and ambition, the leopard represents malice and fraud, and the she wolf represents lack of self-control or incontinence. These three beast also show the 3 levels of the inferno and the levels of punishment for the sins, and each one of those divides into 3 more sections, totalling into 9 sections of the inferno. In Canto 6, the third circle of hell, he runs into a Cerberus, a three-headed dog that is the guard of the entrance of hell. Then in Canto 9 he is attacked by 3 Furies: Megaera, Alecto, and Tisiphone, when he was coming toward the city of Dis. And there were 3 rivers in the Inferno: Acheron, Styx, Phlegethon. Even one of the most important people in Hell, Lucifer (the devil) is made up of 3 faces: Judas Iscariot, Brutus and Cassius, that are all on one head. These are a few important examples of the manifestations of the number 3 in the Inferno. Because Dante lived in a very Catholic centered life, it affected the way he wrote the Divine Comedy. He brought symbolic significance with the number 3 in Catholicism with the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and the unity between them. The trinity reflects the 3 books in the Divine Comedy: in the Inferno it shows the power of the Father, in the Purgatory it shows the wisdom of the Son, and in Paradise it shows the love of the Holy Spirit (Introduction, xxii). This is not the only aspect from the Christian life that has the number three in it. It took him 3 days to get through the whole journey, from Friday to Sunday, which is a parallel to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Also from what we have read this semester, for example, Noah, the maker of the ark, had three sons. And in Genesis 3, it talks about the great fall of humanity.