Importance Of Judgment In Dante's Inferno Canto

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Musante 1Frank MusanteKirk T. HughesMidterm18 March 2018 Love and Moral Judgement Moral judgement is a big part of love. As readers, we have the ability to judge and decide for ourselves what is moral in love and when reading we see how different characters judge if theacts of the character's are moral. When we look at and compare the two readings of Dante's Inferno Canto 5 and Do you Know where I Am we see this. In these readings we see the similar acts, but different ways it is dealt with. We see the judge's of their actions, what the judge's punishment for the characters' actions, are the characters self-aware of how their choices and behavior is being judged. We also see two different…show more content…
Instead, he asks his three questions. This quote is important because David as the judge of Sharon's actions he has a choice he can act out on his anger or take a higher road. This is important because David has to judge Sharon's actions. David knows Sharon has committed an act that doesn't follow in marriage what is considered moral and she hurt the person she loves. David has to decide if Sharon's actions have on his judgement of what he sees as moral love. Unlike in Dante, David has a lot more responsibility than God who is the judge inDante. David has not only his wife, but a house, bills and kids to consider. This quote hints at thereader that David will take a different approach than God does in Dante where we see the character commit the same act are punished by being thrown around in stormy weather and forced to suffer for their sins. In Dante Francesca, who is the person who committed adultery is judged by the greatest power God. When we see how God judges and the punishment he believesis right for Francesca sin and others in this Circle of hell. The characters in these two readings also have a similar attitude towards their behavior and don’t take responsibility for their actions instead they make excuses. Francesca in Dante's…show more content…
In conclusion, with the idea and question of love and moral judgement when using these two readings we see two characters Francesca in Dante and Sharon in Do You Know Where I Am committed the same act and sin of adultery. The differences in these two readings are how the judges of these two characters who commit the same act are judged. We see God as the judge in Dante punish Francesca in a very harsh way for breaking one of his commandments. In Do You Know Where I Am we have David, who is the judge of Sharon, who committed the same actas Francesca is judged in a more forgiving way. David is allowed three questions, and he asks Sharon them, and she answers, but the differences Sharon has to live with what she has done, butwhen reading we think to ourselves that she got off easy. We don’t feel that she won’t have manyproblems with living with what she has done. At the end of the story Sharon dies and as we learned in the beginning of the story on the first page in the first paragraph when David says on page 1 “ We were the only confirmed Native American Roman Catholics.” In this quote
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