7 Deadly Sins of Dante's Inferno

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Sarah Boney HUM1020 #81829 Dr Simmons Journal #3 Dante’s Inferno Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265. On January 27, 1302, 37 year old poet and politician Dante Alighieri was exiled from Florence, for his political beliefs, where he served as one of six priors governing the city. Dante's political activities included the banishing of several rivals and led to his own banishment. He wrote his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, as a bitter wanderer, seeking protection for his family in town after town. “Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood… How I came to it I cannot rightly say, so drugged and loose with sleep had I become when first I wandered from the True Way” (Canto 1). The Medieval Christian idea of how you should live your life was according to the Seven Sacraments. The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." These Seven Sacraments were: Baptism, communion, penance, confirmation, marriage, ordination, and supreme unction; these had to be completed in ones life to receive salvation. As Dante journeys through the Inferno he encounters sinners condemned to eternal damnation because of their actions or in some cases inaction while they were on earth. One can gain a deeper understanding of Dante's Inferno by looking at the seven deadly sins which brought these souls to this miserable place. In the 6th Century AD, the Catholic Pope Gregory the Great listed the seven deadly sins are as: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride; but which of these sins were viewed as the worst in this time in the world? The souls that Dante encounters in the Inferno are each punished in accordance with which of the seven deadly sins they were most guilty of in their life. “I came to a place stripped bare of every light and roaring on the naked dark like
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