Theme Of Punishment In Dante's Inferno

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Fueled by the anger surrounding his banishment from Florence in 1302, Dante Alighieri spitefully wrote the epic poem, the Divine Comedy. The Inferno, the first part of the trilogy of the Divine Comedy, tells the story of Dante the pilgrim and Dante the poet. The two personas deliver Dante’s journey through hell, the Inferno, with added depth. Dante is also guided by Virgil, an ancient Roman poet from 50 B.C. The three personas share different perspectives on the grueling detail of their findings in hell. As his journey is told through poetry, each specific depiction of punishment, aside from eliciting a disgusted emotional response out of the reader, is symbolic towards the overall meaning of Alighieri’s motivation. Duality is a prominent…show more content…
The shift between structured storytelling and deep imagery is prominent and intentional. The act of Aligeri sharing imagery in distinct bursts mimics the human nature to open one;s eyes or keep looking at prolonged horror. The delivery of such lines through poetic rhythm dances with the reader’s heart. “clawed themselves, their nails drew down the scabs the way a knife scrapes bream…” (Inf. I, 82-84). Dante uses powerful, graphic imagery to depict punishment and sin reveales behaviorally, the true nature of the sin of violence. The punishment is relentless, the reasonaing and moral rules are due to entity defined by human. In that Aligeri is responsible for not only punishment, but the qualities that deem them wrong. No punishment too specific, the tormented scrape and stab any prisoner they see. The screams and bludgeonings are the relative normal, and evil is left to be the only residing party. Therefore, in this circle, life knows no similarity with reality, and for eternity, this violence is numb. The true punishment is to reduce the value of the inmates consciousness and actions, above the endless physical…show more content…
“MY MAKER WAS DIVINE AUTHORITY, THE HIGHEST WISDOM, AND THE PRIMAL LOVE”. (Inf. I, 1-11) is a fragment of the inscription. As Alighieri 's hell has many rules and attributes stated before, it is clear to see that Aligeri is not rendering a vision from a religion. Instead, Dante’s hell is a new creation formed through the synthesis of his moral righteousness. Because of this, Aligeri is able to make more poinionet notions about human nature. Although the circles are distinct and definitive, they are not absolute, such as Christianity’s lessons at their purest level. Instead, the protagonist is two reflections of the artist, that share many characteristics definitive of a sympathetic character. The “primal love” and “highest wisdom” are two concepts that Aligeri ponders frequently in his life, and can not be explored in their entirety. This proclamation is a charge to this
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