In Dante’s Inferno, the 9 levels of hell are separated depending on the 7 deadly sins that people have committed. The crime always fits the punishment the sinners receive. For example, when dante walks through the second circle where the lustfuls are being tormented by powerful winds. As found in Canto 5, the sinners who are punished by black howling tempest wind because in their lives they sinned of lust (Lines 88-90). They are punished by this because they can’t control nothing.
Right now, where I am in the book, none of the characters have good characteristics. Zeus throws tantrums, the Fury seeks vegans, Prometheus is a thief and prison escapee, and Jim and Uncle Edward are also thieves and liars. But, if I had to pick something, I would say Prometheus’s desire to help the humans is a good characteristic to develop within myself. One of the ways he demonstrates this is when he stole the fire from the gods and gave it to the
One of the major themes of Dante’s Inferno is “Separation from God”. Separation from God Leads to Sorrow. Dante himself said that the main points of his Divine Comedy as a whole was to liberate living human beings from unhappiness and to take them to the state of happiness (Cantos 1-5). The Inferno gives to that purpose in many ways, but possibly most importantly by the way it exemplifies the theme that separation from and denial of the divine "love that moves the sun and the other stars" leads certainly to unhappiness, and the more intentionally one selects to harm oneself in other words suicide, and also harm others in an attempt to get happiness by focusing on the ego instead of on divine love, the more one actually moves away from life
In Dante’s Inferno, hell is organized into sections that are categorized in ascending order of severity as they descend into the depths of hell. The punishment of the sinners in each category reflects the sin itself, known as contrapasso. However, the severity of a sin and its punishment was never explicitly stated in the Inferno, which can lead to multiple interpretations of the ordering principle of hell. In the Inferno, individuals who committed fraud are punished far more severely than those who committed murder or those who mocked God. With this detail in mind, an interpretation of the ordering principle of hell is the severity of harm and damage of the sin towards society and the government which indirectly harms God’s plan for order.
Gauging Evil Do you remember that time you offered to give your sibling something in exchange for them keeping their mouth shut about something they saw you do? That small fraudulent act would land you right down in Circle Eight, Bolgia Five of Hell in Dante’s Inferno. Now that may seem like severe over punishment, but it has it's reason. In The Inferno by Dante Alighieri sinners are placed in concentric rings all approaching the center of Hell. The rings are ordered not by the severity of the crime, but by the darkness of the heart of the sinner.
Edwards elaborates on his claim and states if God were to spare the audience now, they would “immediately sink and plunge into a bottomless gulf” of Hell. This dramatic imagery shows the Puritans that God will no longer come to their rescue because the Puritans have chosen to serve Satan. Edwards tries to reach his audience by saying Hell is a “great furnace of wrath” where sinners belong. This description of Hell shows Edwards belief that sinners will pay for not serving God by facing God’s wrath in Hell. Each claim made by Jonathan Edwards motivates the audience to stop serving Satan in order to escape the “very misery to all eternity” that is Hell.
For Dante, the punishment was fitting for both sinners because the sullen spent their lives moping and pitying themselves, when they had a promising life while the wrathful were reenacting their rage that they expressed throughout their time. There is a balance between the sin committed in Earth and the punishment received in hell. At the beginning of the poem and through the circles, Dante was a little sympathetic but after traveling to the fifth circle and encountered Philippo Argenti his feelings change. Argenti a former member of the Black Guelf was rival of Dante who was a member of the White Guelfs. When Dante was force to exile Florence, Argenti’s brother took all his property.
A rich king damned to hell once cried to heaven for mercy, and was told there was a chasm that separated Heaven and Hell. This chasm must never be crossed. Similarly, sinners in Inferno are bound to their circle, unable to escape. Both texts acknowledge the second coming of Christ, albeit in different fashions. Namely, Inferno excluded hypocrites and those who commit violence against themselves.
“So that, thus it is that natural men are held in the hands of God, over the pit of hell,” (Edwards 79) Edwards’ motive in his sermon is to scare the less devoted Puritans into being “born again” and dedicating their life to the Father. “The use of this awful subject may be for awakening unconnected persons in this congregation.” (Edwards 80) Edwards believes man to all be self-righteous, unfaithful, and dubiously sinful creatures in desperate need of a savior. The only way that they can be spared being dropped into the pits of hell and graciously given eternal life is to repent of their transgressions and bow their knees to God in
However, despite his claim to be above sin, even an omnipotent being such as he was swayed towards sin and promptly cast into Hell- a massive, eternal case of bad fortune. The second excerpt also uses a biblical, pre-ordained example of a victim of bad fortune: a man named Adam. The text explains that Adam was not the result of “man’s unclean seed”, but created by God himself. Adam was even holy enough to dwell in the Garden of Eden (biblical paradise) (9-11). However, despite his divine origins and his access to the highest holiness, bad fortune still befalls Adam as he partakes of the tree of life and is condemned to mortality.
After running out she blest god for saving her. “I blest His name that gave and took.” (Bradstreet) In the other story, Edwards’s sermon, God wasn’t never joyful like in Bradstreet’s. For example, “So that, thus it is that natural men are held in the hand of God, over the pit of the hell.” (Edwards) He hated everyone who sin and they deserve to go to hell. Edwards’s sermon and Bradstreet’s poem weren’t very similar. The meaning of fire was the only thing that was similar.