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The Inferno Essay

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The InfernoThe Inferno is divided into thirty-four sections and the rest is divided into thirty-three and thirty-three. Three is a magical number number and it is associated with good things. We will notice throughout this play everything occurs in threes. When it starts off Dante runs into three beasts, the lion, the leopard, and the shewolf. Then there are three major divisions of Hell, incontinence, violence, and fraud. Everything in this play goes in circles, so that meand it keeps repeating itself over and over again. Each circle is different and different things happen within each one. Circle one are the vituous pagens. Circle two starts the torments of Hell proper. It is the Carnal. The souls of the Carnal are those who have betrayed reason to their appetites. Their sin was to abandon themselves to the tempest of their passions, they are denied the light of reason and of God. This punishment is suitible in that they need to learn to control their passions and desires and not let them get out of control. Circle three are the Gluttons. They are lying in dirty, black snow. It is freezing down in this part. Cerberus, a three-headed dog, stands guard over the souls, ripping and tearing them with his claws and teeth. The Gluttons wallowed in food and drink instead of making use of the gifts of God. Thier punishment is suitible because they should have taken care of their bodies instead of always eating and drinking. Now, they have to lay in Lee pg. 2 this freezing snow while their bodies freeze to death. Take care of the body God gave you. Circle five are the Hoarders and the Wasters. The Hoarders in their life took what they didn't need. And then there are the Wrathful and the Sullen. The Wrathful are in a boiling river of blood. The Sullen have been buried in the slime and waters of the Stix River forever. In their life they rufused to go out into the sunlight and into civilization. The Wasters and the Sullen's punishment are suitible. The Sullen should have appreciate the sun and outdoors while they were alive. The Wasters should have learned to only buy what was needed instead of buying things they didn't need and wasting them. Circle six are the Heretics. They preach against the Church. They are all stuck in cylinders with their feet on fire. This punishment is suitible in that while they were alive they should have preached about God instead of against Him. Circle seven has three rounds. The first is the Violent Against Neighbors. These are great war-makers, cruel tyrants, highwaymen, and all that shed blood for their fellowmen. Since there was blood during their lives, they are in boiling blood forever, each according to the degree of his guilt. This punishment is suitible. They should not have fought and killed their whole lives, and now they are paying for it. Round two of circle seven are the Violent Against Themselves. As one can tell from the title of this round, one can guess it is...

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