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.
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.
Ex1 Diction in Canto 29 accentuates the Alchemists’ gruesome suffering. Elab Virgil guides Dante into the last Bolgia of the eighth circle, leading them to the Alchemists. As they approach, “shrieks and strangled agonies shrill through [Dante]” (29.43) leaving him with a significant amount of pity that his “hands / flew to [his] ears” (29.44-45). Specifically, the words “shrieks” and “strangled agonies” create a sorrowful tone. Dante’s word choice here actually puts the reader into the story because of their ability to hear the sinners’ agony.
Dante’s vision of Hell is incredibly structured, with levels and sublevels dictating certain punishments for certain sins. The least of the sins is being unbaptized; pagan; or being virtuous, but before Christianity arose. This circle is called Limbo, and it is like Heaven, only slightly less glamorous. The worst of the sins is betrayal and treachery, and these sinners are trapped in the Ninth Circle of Hell, called Treachery. The worst sinner according to Dante is Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.
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.
When Dante reaches the last level of hell he sees Satan, which is very fitting to the contrapasso. The contrapasso either fitted the level and punishment or it didn’t. Encountering satan in the last level fits very well as the punishment. since the ninth circle is the most worse from all the other levels. Only the souls in this level deserve to be in the ninth level with satan, chewing/eating them.
The Inferno is a production that Dante made to show his ideas on divine justice of God. At that time, Dante was the most famous one in the world of poetry. As Dante describes, Hell is contained of nine sins’ circles following in order from Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud, and Treachery. Base on how serious the sin is, the person will be received an appropriate punishment. The poem starts out with Dante lost direction in misty wood.
Phenomenon of evil in the human heart Evil is a sin, it is a force in nature that presides over, and gives rise to wickedness and corruption. Some may think of evil as a separation from God and usually can be personified by the form of Satan. Phenomenon of evil can exist in many forms that can be hidden within ourselves and others. In the short story "Young Goodman Brown, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hawthorne writes about a man whose faith cannot save him from the evil that lies around him and others. In "The Cask of Amontillado" Edgar Allen Poe illustrates that evil can be revealed through revenge, and it only brings malice and cruelty to this world.