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An Analysis Of 3of The Best Punishments From Dante’s Inferno

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In Dante’s Inferno, Dante travels through nine circles of hell. “Dante's Inferno, widely hailed as one of the great classics of Western literature, details Dante's journey through the nine circles of Hell.” (Miller) Dante tells us that you don’t go to Hell because you’ve sinned; you go to Hell because you didn’t repent for your sins. In each circle, there are different types of sinners and punishments for each sin. The punishments can be very interesting, and some of them may not make much sense, it all depends on the readers’ opinions. Some of the punishments for sinners that were interesting include the sins of Gluttony, Violence, and Fraud.
To begin, the sin of gluttony has an extremely intriguing punishment. Gluttony in Infermo is referred to as the greedy people. They flourish in food and drink, always stuffing their faces and never doing anything but creating trash. “Based on the less than obvious contrapasso of the gluttons and the content (mostly political) of Inferno 6, Dante appears to view gluttony as more complex than the usual understanding of the sin as excessive eating and drinking.” (Johnson) In the third circle of Hell, the gluttonous are submersed in a slushy, slimy trash pit. “Huge hailstones, dirty water, and black snow pour from the dismal air to putrefy the putrid slush that waits for them below.” (Inferno:Canto 6, Lines 10-13) The allegorical significance between the sin and the punishment that the gluttonous face is extremely interesting to consider.
Another impressive punishment for its related sin is the punishments for the violent. In the 7th circle, the Violent against their Neighbors, Violent against Themselves, and the Violent against God, are punished in three different rounds. The most appealing punishment is that of the sinners who are violent against their neighbors. As Dante and his guide approach the seventh circle, Virgil tells Dante of the sinners’ punishment, “’But turn your eyes to the valley; there we shall find the river of boiling blood in which are steeped all who struck down their fellow men.’” (Canto 7, Lines 46-48) “The river of blood proves to be the most obscene and disturbing part of this scene.” (Perry) As they enjoyed feeling their enemies blood run over their hands while they murdered their victims, so they shall feel it scald their bodies for the rest of eternity.
The final, and most engaging, punishment is located in the 8th circle, where the Fraud sinners are punished. In the eighth circle, Bolgia 2 is discovered to be the location of the Flatterers. “In their lives,...

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