What Is The Role Of The Sinners In Dante's Inferno

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1. In the epic poetry, The Inferno of Dante translation by Robert Pinsky (1320), Dante Alighieri implies that the sinners in Hell deserve the punishment that they get because of the bad decision(s) that they committed on the mortal world. Alighieri supports this claim by emphasizing how the sins of the sinners in the ninth circle were so bad that their punishment is well-deserved and that can be applied to all of the sinners throughout Dante’s journey. The author purposely emphasizes the sinner’s sins of betrayal in order to show that their decisions were so detrimental and overall so bad that a punishment did not seem like a choice but rather a necessity. The intended audience appears to be those who do not see their mistakes and that believe that their punishment is too harsh just as it is seen with the story of Alberigo where he does not see the extent of his sin and audaciously thinks of his punishment as too severe. The sinners in the ninth circle committed sins that were ultimately considered as the worst types of sins but even then some of them complained of their punishment as if their sins were so insignificant.
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The use of ice as the punishment for traitors seemed unusual at first due to it being Hell and everything but the actual punishment actually makes a lot of sense for the traitors. The immersion in the ice is the perfect punishment for the traitors for many reasons. The coldness of the ice represents the coldness of the traitor’s hearts as it allowed them to betray others without double thinking it. The ice also immobilizes the traitors so that they cannot move anymore so now they can no longer betray others around them just like they did in real life. The only part of their body which they can still move is their mouths which they only use to weep of how extremely cold the ice which their body is enclosed

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