Canto V Is Minos In Dante's Inferno

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The interesting thing about canto V is Minos. In other religions, we have come across a figure or figures that determine the punishments or deem salvation for souls. In this case, Minos is the one who deals out the punishments for souls. It’s also interesting that the second circle of Hell is for the lustful. The way Dante classified Hell I’m sure has been studied many times, but infidelity is also considered a betrayal, and I’m surprised it’s not lower. Canto VI offers the beginning of politics and Gluttony. The world of politics in Italy during Dante’s time was as the same as any other country. However, a soul in this circle of Hell informs Dante that most of the other politicians are in deeper circles. So a theme of corruption becomes apparent, which usually swirls around all forms…show more content…
Virgil and Dante are unable to travel into the sixth circle of Hell, and through prayer, a messenger comes and scares all the demons away. It’s so easy to forget the power of the divine when in a dark place. But also on a darker side: the lack of power as well, with Virgil and the extent of human reason. The Seventh Circle of Hell, introduced in canto XI, is the place for the violent. I agree with Dante on this placing, because those violent against kin, country, the innocent, etc., deserve the punishment they are given. This parallels the other sin I came up with in class: hurting the innocent and defenseless. It’s extremely disgraceful and disgusting. Suicide is the main theme for canto XIII, the second circle of circle seven. I honestly don’t know why this is so low in Hell. Suicide is obviously a crime against yourself, but is where personalization comes in. Feeling such immense shame as the tree Dante was talking to could have had some credence to it. Granted he should have been stronger on his morals, but suicide is treated as a one way crime in Dante’s Hell, and I believe circumstances should be taken into
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