Dantes Inferno is about the dividing of hell into 9 different levels. They are for what Dante believes exist for different stages of sins. Free of weaknesses, is ultimately his ticket to hell. Dante's travels into hell so he knows how to better the way he lives his life. Through the first
cantos, Dante shows how each level of his hell is an expression of human weakness and a loss of hope. Hell is the deepest and farthest place from God himself, which is why fire is the best and only symbol to represent the center of Hell.
To begin with fire and destruction go hand and hand. In Dantes Inferno fire is utilized to punish sinners by engulfing them in flames. Fires destructive nature is the reason why those that arent seen fit to be in Heaven, are caste into the lake of Fire. As the bible states in Revelation 20:15 says, "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE." The fire is to torment and destroy the flesh right off of a persons body in a constant never ending cycle.
Furthermore fire has predominately lead the way for dark and sinister emotions. When people think of fire they dont think of joyous and cheerful feelings. They think opposite , dark and evil. The darkness brings out the worst in a human being, and fire is a major contributor to those wicked emotions. The majority of satanic rituals are performed with fire and in the darkness of night. This example leads to why darkness and fire loom over Hell. Like in Dantes Inferno there is nothing bright or happy, only the light from the darkness of the raging fires.
Lastly the symbol of fire is the only symbol that can represent true pain and suffering .In Matthew 13:42, Jesus says: "And shall cast them into a FURNACE OF FIRE: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." Fire has never helped reduce or not cause pain. In Dantes Inferno fire translates into the everlasting pain that sinners are to expect in Hell. As human beings we have always associated fire with pain in every day life.
To conclude Fire is the foremost symbol of Hell. It is the worst and most unjoyful pain and destruction in Dantes Inferno. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus says: "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting FIRE. . ."Fire is seen as death or a symbol of mortality. As stated above fires dark destructive nature has always lead to the way of pain and suffering for eternal life. This is why I truly believe fire is 100% more symbolic than ice because it represents the dark, inferno of the center of Hell.