One possible explanation of this is that each sin in itself can be viewed as a form of idolatry. As you engage in idolatry you begin to configure your life around your idol instead of configuring your life around God. Naturally this leads you away from God, and the farther away you become from God the more likely you are going to hell. Ultimately engaging in idolatry will lead you to hell. Dante shows this in his Inferno through many characters, such as Francesca, Ciacco, and
Reader is forced to question his own morals to decide which side here is actually the righteous one. Due to moral differentiations, readers split into two sides, supporting God or Satan. So, the line between true and false is not really clear. In Satan’s perspective, God is described with authoritarian and dull characteristics that make the reader see the God as an unattractive entity. On the other hand, it is possible to see Satan’s seductive nature and avoid choosing him over God.
In Dante’s Inferno, he writes about his journey through hell for the purpose of recognizing his sins. He goes through this journey with Virgil, a voice of reason for Dante. Dante meets people through his journey of the many circles in the Inferno that lead him down into the center of hell, where Satan is. Satan is seen as being monster-like with three heads, representing a mocking of the Trinity and blowing his wings around the cocytus river. The final thing seen here is the fact that Dante’s description of Satan is a bit disappointing compared to the other descriptions he has written about the inferno.
He wrote the poem in his native tongue to make the poem more accessible to readers, so that they fully understood the message he was attempting to send. I thoroughly believe that in a culture so reliant on religion, sin and sinners are represented reasonably well due to the detailed accounts of various sinners in Hell. In my opinion however in modern times, this is not a brilliant representation of sin as Dante allows his feelings about personal experiences to cloud the judgement of fictional characters in the poem. Before going into more specific details of Dante and his thoughts about sinners, it is important to note the overall handling of the sins and how they are fully represented. Sin is described as a corruption from one’s self and their true desires, however Tonia Triggiano writes it best when she states that the poem “describes sin as a distortion of one’s will; man’s nature wrenched itself from the nature it shared with God” .
/Why should intent, or reason, born in me, /Make sins else equal, in me more heinous.’ This shows the speaker’s dissatisfaction with God and shows the reader that the speaker feels that the punishment that God has given to humanity is disproportionate when compared with the punishment that God has given to the Devil. This suggests that Donne’s speaker is jealous of creatures like the devil who are not damned because of their sins. Stachniewski states that ‘the Calvinist doctrine of double predestination (whereby the majority was foredoomed to damnation before being created) multiplied the causes for dismay.’ Calvinism was a popular denomination of the protestant
In the Inferno, Dante describes the different levels of hell and the punishment which corresponds to the sin. Dante categorize hell into three major sins consisting of incontinence, violence, and fraudulent. Fraudulent is portrayed as the worse sin in the Inferno while incontinence is seen as a less serious sin. Each category has sinners which have all been punished for their wrong doings in life. The three major sins consist of circles where Dante separates the different sinners.
Whether this was a prophetic revelation given by God, or retribution to his enemies’ Dante’s Inferno challenges the political and religious powers of the day and putting them in the worst possible light. Dante gives himself the liberty of being the protagonist as he assess his victims of Hell. One cannot help at times in taking pleasure in watching the David’s overcome the Goliaths. The problem with Dante’s Inferno is the setting of Hell is so vivid and graphic it leaves the reader feeling sympathetic to all involved. Some of Dante’s biases are clearly shown by placing certain sins committed by people in different levels.
From the beginning of Canto 1 “Inferno”, Dante illustrates his fears by relating it to his perception of good and evil as he has learned from his catholic background. In line 3-6, quote “for I had wondered off from the straight path. How hard it is to tell what it was like…... (the thought of it brings back all my old fears).” (ALIGHIERI) (CANTO 1Ln.3-6) From this quote, the writer instantly introduces his Christian’s believes. By moving away from what the church expects of him, yet his “old fears” as he recalls them, can also be identified with his exile from Florence, the city of his birth. Furthermore, from the separation of his wife and four children who remained in Florence, as consequence for Dante’s political separatist believes from
Rumrich Argues that even though very little is written about chaos , it is very important to look for chaos in “Paradise lost”. Chaos is introduced in this poem when we see Satan and his fellow rebel angels chained to a lake of fire in Hell . Satan in Paradise Lost embodies chaos , his goal is to corrupt God’s new creation , humankind. As Rumrich explains “Chaos expresses interest in the destruction of created order . And yet , accepting the alliance of Chaos and Satan face value raises problems .” Chaos is God’s enemy and this is why God warns the angels of Satan’s intentions and send’s Raphael down to Earth to inform Adam and Eve of the dangers they face with Satan and to teach them to not fall into chaos and so they should always obey God’s supreme order.
Dante’s Inferno is known for its striking imagery between a sin and the punishment given in Hell. While playing the role of God, Dante the poet seems to be a completely different person than Dante the pilgrim, who embarks on a journey through nine circles of fiery Hell. The Inferno becomes more than just an understanding of Hell when readers, as well as Dante the pilgrim, hear the stories of characters who don’t seem to belong there. The fact that characters, such as Francesca and Virgil, tell Dante their own story of how innocent they are, completely intensifies the feeling that a tragic mistake has been made, especially when the character Dante starts to feel pity. Many people like myself found Francesca 's story to be tragic, and found Dante’s discernment surprising when he placed her in Hell.