Theme Of Divine Retribution In Dante's Inferno

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Divine Retribution
In the beginning of Dante’s Inferno, Dante is met by the spirit Virgil, who proposes to guide him through the nine circles of hell. The theme of divine retribution is seen all throughout The Inferno. Dante describes divine retribution as “the punishment fitting the crime.” Each circle of hell represents a different kind of sin. The reason behind each circle of hell in the book is because each sinner receives the punishment fitting the crime they have committed while they were on Earth. There are several things in each circle that prove the theme of divine retribution. Some examples would include the Second Circle (Lust), the Third Circle (Gluttony), the Fifth Circle (Anger), the Seventh Circle (Violence), and the Eighth Circle (Fraud). Dante attempts to punish people in hell according to the sins they committed on Earth.
While reading Dante’s Inferno readers must understand that none of the sinners are innocent. “By this way no good spirit ever passes” (“Commedia: Inferno”). It is also very important to understand that the sins themselves are not the reason they are condemned to Hell. The reason they are condemned to Hell is due to their failure to repent and ask for forgiveness of these sins. “In Dante’s faith, a soul can only be saved by turning to God for forgiveness” (“Commedia: Inferno”). Someone
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From the smallest sin to the biggest sin, no sin went without being punished by “a punishment fitting of the crime.” As Virgil and Dante travel throughout the nine circles of Hell, they were shown that Hell does not correct the sins but it orders them significantly. While traveling deeper into the circles of Hell, Dante is shown things like Lust, Anger, Violence, and Fraud, and he sees signs that the sins are getting worse the deeper they go. Dante’s travels shows a metaphor “descend so you may ascend” and this is designed to communicate the message of
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