Sloth – Sloth or laziness is considered a sin because naturally, people are taught to work hard. Dante sees it as an act of insufficient love and considers it as a middle sin. 5. Wrath – Wrath or unrighteous anger and hatred is considered as the root of murder and assault. According to the Dante, vengeance is a desire for justice caused by revenge.
Irony is the contrast between how things are and how things should be. This literary technique is used in The Pardoner's Tale to show how corrupt the Pardoner is. The Pardoner tells a story with the intention of teaching the company that greed is the root of all evil, yet he tries to swindle them and get contributions even after he admits they are fake. This is ironic because he should be practicing what he preaches, but he does the exact opposite. The irony surrounding the Pardoner becomes evident when his motives are explained in the beginning of the prologue.
When thinking of life choices would one see themselves being punished for their decisions or does one assume the afterlife will be forgiving? The Divine Comedy: Inferno, written by Dante Alighieri, depicts the flaws of politics and the Holy Roman Catholic Church. The papal authorities are corrupt and the church is not following its own rules. Dante, the protagonist, goes on a journey through the nine levels of hell. He starts out feeling pity for the souls, and as he makes his journey down into the levels of hell, he starts to realize that the acts the people committed are sinful and they deserve the punishments they receive.
An exemplum is a story (or parable) told to illustrate a point. How does The Pardoner’s Tale illustrate the axiom “Money is the root of all evil?” In almost every literary piece an anecdote that illustrates a moral point can be found one way or another. In The Pardoner’s Tale Geoffrey Chaucer uses the axiom “Money is the root of all evil.” Chaucer while describing the characters deliberately leaves the pardoner to last he places him at the very bottom of humanity because he uses the church and his so called holy relics to profit personally. The Pardoner's 'hair as yellow as wax, hanging down smoothly like a hank of flax,' (general prologue 693) implies his lack of man hood and impotence. This is further emphasized through the description of him having a high pitched goat like voice,
Often times we associate material gain with enjoyment and fulfillment, but we fail to understand the side most affected by the uninhibited pursuit of gratification. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the wealthy do just that; they climb the steps of social class by stepping over those who are poorer. In the novel, the lower class face degradation caused by the wealthy’s selfish desire for pleasure and satisfaction. Specifically, the Valley of Ashes symbolizes Fitzgerald’s criticism for that very inconsiderate pursuit of self-gain, which creates dire consequences for the poor. Fitzgerald uses figures of speech to describe the Valley to condemn the inequality created by the wealthy’s pursuit of self-growth.
Greed: The Disintegration of our Moral Character Greed does not rest until it is satisfied, and greed is never satisfied. It is like an infection that begins as harmless exposure but then develops into a chronic illness, paralyzing all former morale and character of a human being. Throughout F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby the reader sees evident examples of the corruption of wealth and greed exemplified. The dehumanizing nature of wealth is carried out in the characters, the plot, and the symbolism of Fitzgerald's novel. Fitzgerald reveals the corruptive nature of wealth through the characters he places in his novel.
The Condemnation of a Greedy Appetite “The Devil and Tom Walker,” written by Washington Irving, is a satirical account of the perils of greed and its effects on Tom Walker in the course of his life. This story is full of characters grotesquely pledged to little more than pursuing their insatiable greed, particularly though Tom Walker and his wife. It is especially through these characters that Irving depicts the moral harms of greed, which corrupt and harm the lives of the greedy
Odysseus sees Elpenor, and is hit with the guilt of her body being unburied. The emphasis of The Odyssey is to exemplify the woes of men, whether it be sex, marriage, murder, lust, stealing, or lying. Odysseus travels to the Underworld to be cleansed for his return home. A lot of the details of the Underworld in The Odyssey are left to the audience’s imagination. We are led to believe that it is much worse than the physical world by Achilles’s quote in Book 11.
1. In the epic poetry, The Inferno of Dante translation by Robert Pinsky (1320), Dante Alighieri implies that the sinners in Hell deserve the punishment that they get because of the bad decision(s) that they committed on the mortal world. Alighieri supports this claim by emphasizing how the sins of the sinners in the ninth circle were so bad that their punishment is well-deserved and that can be applied to all of the sinners throughout Dante’s journey. The author purposely emphasizes the sinner’s sins of betrayal in order to show that their decisions were so detrimental and overall so bad that a punishment did not seem like a choice but rather a necessity. The intended audience appears to be those who do not see their mistakes and that believe that their punishment is too harsh just as it is seen with the story of Alberigo where he does not see the extent of his sin and audaciously thinks of his punishment as too severe.
Golding uses it to show the readers exactly how effortlessly civilization can break down and collapse, and how corruptive human nature actually is. The theme of the story conveys how twisted and distorted human nature can be throughout the story, which endorses the importance of evil nature and how it leans towards the disparaging side in the absence of any civilization (Anjum, Nawaz & Ramzan, 2012). There are many different parts of human nature, which can all lead to the downfall of society. Some of the aspects of human nature that the author, William Golding, persisted into the book are; devastation, discouragement, madness and fright which symbolized the characters in the novel. Golding also includes character, struggle, and as well as an allegory to portray that men are inherently