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Dream Works' Characters And Their Resemblance To The Sins In Dante's Inferno

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Lindsey’s Inferno

“ They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and the majesty of his power” 2 Thessalonians 1:9

Dante created a journey through hell specifically to point out those living in the error of their ways and to put them on the path of salvation during his time. The order of hell and the punishments directly related to his era and his point of view. In order to modernize his inferno you have to look at our civilization and how the majority of people view different sins.
Based on much research, I have personally come up with the order: Pagans/Heretics, Lustful, Greedy, Betrayers, Prideful, Fraudulence, Thievery, and Violence. Dante’s order is pagans, lust, gluttony, wasters/hoarders, wrathful/sullen, heretics, violent, fraud, treachery. As you can see I kept the pagans as first but added heresy because 70% of Americans believe that multiple religions can lead you to forgiveness (New York Times). Although heresy is still considered a sin in modern Christian beliefs, most people don’t think of it as a big deal so that is why it is added to the first circle. I kept lustful as second because it is a sin that everyone commits at some point in his or her life. I then combined Dante’s gluttonous, wasters, and hoarders into the greedy. This term is a modern day word that means having or showing an intense and selfish desire for something. Wasters, hoarders and the gluttonous all basically commit acts of selfishness constantly. Next are those that betray people. This sin was included in Dante’s eighth sin of fraudulence. It is fourth because it is a sin that many people commit in their lives. It can be as simple as talking behind your friends back or as big as giving military plans to the opposing country. The fifth section is the prideful. These sinners see themselves as great and mighty. Sometimes they see themselves as greater than God. This sin is last out of the first legal sins because Satan, the very image of evil who was first condemned to Hell, thought he was greater than God. The first 5 sections are all sins that are “legal” sins. This means (since we are basing the order out of modern opinion) that the first 5 sins are not illegal in today’s society. You are allowed to betray a friend or think lustful thoughts. The last three sins in my inferno fraudulence, thievery, and violence are all things that or country has said you cannot do. The fraudulent, in America, can be punished by either huge fines or imprisonment. However if anyone steals anything you are either fined if it is small, but usually you are put in jail for theft. Violence is the worst sin because there is no personal gain in hurting someone. All you are doing is damaging someone that God created.
For my modern inferno, my topic is DreamWorks characters. The characters have either committed or represent one of the following sins. Whereas Dante used real life people who he saw in Hell, I will model this...

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