The seven deadly sins are the exact opposite of the seven cardinal’s virtues which would be heaven: Chastity to lust, temperance to gluttony, charity to greed, diligence to sloth, patience to wrath, kindness to envy, and humility to pride. What I find funny about this story is that Dante is exiled from his love and home Florence but people who are more rich and I think because he was the one writing the story he was able to really capture the true meaning of the 7 deadly sins, as the given explanation to hell was,” by different sins pushed down to different depths; / if you keep going you may see them all.” (Canto 7 of Inferno, lines 86-87).”Those lines alone allow us readers to see Dante uses this as both a political and personal gain. Dante uses hell for kings, politicians, popes, and higher up figures as almost as some would see as revenge for their sins compared to any other person. While approaching death there is a part in the play where a pilgrim is talking to a pope saying, ““You have built yourselves a God of gold and
In Dante’s Inferno, Dante thoroughly describes what he believes Hell to be. He lists many sins, along with their punishments and placements in Hell. Strangely enough, Dante does not have a specific circle for idolatry, the worship of idols, or something other than God. This is thought to be strange because idolatry is generally considered a grave sin. One possible explanation of this is that each sin in itself can be viewed as a form of idolatry.
Authors commonly use allegories to express two different meanings within one work. Dante, for instance, used his allegories to diversify the thought process of his readers. Within the first stanza of the Inferno, Dante uses the portrait of a dark and arduous wood to symbolize the darkness that clouds his own life. Dante brings this woody scene to life for his readers by claiming “I [Dante] went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood.” (Canto I lines 1-3) From that ominous wood, Dante is escorted through the steep and winding levels of hell.
When he uses the words, “O light and honor of other poets” (Alighieri 394) he argues that Virgil is the greatest of poets. This argument would likely cause other to argue back that someone else, say Homer, is better suited to have the title, greatest of poets. It seems as if Dante viewed Virgil as an inspiration of sorts even though Virgil was long dead before the time of
Dante Alighieri, who was born in 1265 CE and later died in 1321 CE, was a famous poet in Florence, Italy, most commonly known for his book, Dante’s Inferno. Dante’s Inferno was a product of Dante’s time period because in Florence during this time period, the idea of death and afterlife was very prominent in religion, and Dante’s text, The Inferno, focuses on the idea that the sins committed during one’s life determines the fate of one’s after-life. Because the idea that one’s sins determined their fate and life after death was such a common element in literature and art in Florence during this time period, many other pieces of work emphasized the same ideals, specifically one work in particular, The Scrovegni Chapel. From the years 1303 through 1310 CE, a man named Giotto Di Bondone, an italian painter, used the same principal ideals about sin and life after death that Dante used, in one of his most famous and influential pieces of work, The Scrovegni Chapel.
is one sin worse than another? Or is all sin the same? In Dante’s inferno there is a resonating yes to some sin one sin being worse or more deserving of punishment. Therefore we can conclude, in Dante’s mind at least, that some sins are worse than others as seem by how they are punished in Dante's Inferno.
Alighieri as a child excelled in his studies and offered much to the world of philosophy, yet preferred poetry to his studies. " Kind star or something better has given me that gift, I not abuse it. “ (Alighieri, Canto 26). Alighieri turned to poetry as his only emotional outlet, increasingly so after by the death of his lover, Beatrice Portinari. Alighieri had unforgiving tendencies regarding political stances, however, Dante was in most opposition against those in neutral parties.
The ‘contrapasso’ in accordance with Dante’s Inferno is a process, “either resembling or contrasting with the sin itself” (Musa 37-38). The disenabling of the soul to enjoy the good that it had once rejected is evident as a result of the contrapasso for the soul has no room to grow therefore remains stagnant from the consequences of the choices made on earth (Sayers, Dante The Divine Comedy 1: Hell 120). This mere description of a damned soul’s fate already paints a distasteful picture of the nature of Hell
Walt Whitman’s work transcended the notions considered taboo at that time, such as sexual experiences, Whitman openly and unapologetically translated through his work what others considered to be outrageous. His poems expressed sexual experiences and many other form of controversial elements. As I have previously stated “Walt Whitman, is a true inspiration and a pioneer of his generation when it comes to self-expression in a world not so forgiven by those who challenge the moral rules of society in which they live. In his poem titled Shut your doors he wrote: “Shut not your doors to me proud libraries.”
Moreover, Edwards had a powerful impact on his puritan audience of his puritan audience because of his use of a complex figurative language in the passage. In paragraph 2, it states that “They are now the objects of that very same anger and wrath of God, which is expressed in the torments of hell”. It also states that “Is not at present very angry with them as he is with many miserable creatures now tormented in hell”. Theses quotes reveal that God power is fear so that it can shut the sinners down and destroy sinners who made him angry.
In Dante Alighieri’s “Inferno” which is the part of a greater poem Divine Comedy incontinence is the sin which is mentioned to be punished in the second circle of hell through the fifth circles. Incontinence is a feeling of desire of sex, power, wealth and food in which an individual lacks in self-control. It is described as an unchecked desire. In his philosophy Dante views incontinence as the most basic and most forgivable category of sins.
Character Relationships Virgil’s show of intelligence and understanding towards Dante allows him to be a good mentor capable of protecting Dante at all times ending up in a good mutual trust at all times. In Canto 26 Dante showed interest in talking to the sinners Ulysses and Diomedes . Virgil agrees to let Dante talk to them since he is worthy but only through him since,”they perhaps might scorn (Dante’s) manner of speaking, since they were Greek” ( 26.71-72)
Criticisms of established ideas and practices are is most effective when it is specific, objective and directed towards the subject. Whether it is an editorial attacking the way a president is running the country, or a movie reviewer negatively rating a movie, addressing the issue directly allows for the most powerful delivery of criticism. In Canto XIX of Dante’s Inferno, Dante travels through the Third Bolgia of the 8th circle of hell. In this Bolgia, Dante attacks the practice of simony, the act of selling religious offices or favors for money named after Simon Magus. It's clear to the audience that Dante is against the practice as he utilizes apostrophes to interrupt his narrative in order to rebuke Simony and the sinners, allusions of specific religious figures to provide context for the sin, tone to emphasize his stance on the issues as well as, contrapasso to illustrate the punishment a simonist deserves.
Fear of the Lord is a gift of the Holy Spirit and fear of doing God’s will reveals an error in one’s conscience. When one is afraid he is lacking in faith because he is placing his trust in something other than God. The Catholic Encyclopedia defines fear: “Fear is an unsettlement of soul consequent upon the apprehension of some present or future danger.” Dante exhibits fear in the Inferno and Purgatorio because of this misplacement of trust due to an error in his conscience. In the Inferno, Dante is afraid to enter the gates of hell.