The Inferno In The Inferno the perfection of God’s justice controls the construction and framework of the narrative by leading the reader through the depths of hell alongside Dante and Virgil. In this hell Dante finds sinners that are punished in a fashion that directly correlates to the sins that were committed while they were alive. Dante’s framework evolves from seeing the effects of Gods justice as brutality and gore, to understanding it as objective and exercised as symbolic retribution. As Dante plunges deep into the bowels of hell he initially feels pity, but Virgils guidance helps to facilitate his gradual change in attitude for the eternally damned. He learns that to continue to pity the sinner’s sufferings is to show a lack of understanding of Gods justice and mercy.
The lines that follow will clarify the poem and the violent imagery, so as to help the reader understand Donne’s motivations. Batter my heart, addressed towards God, portrays the writers confused and conflicted state of mind. He appears guilty for his sins he has committed in his life but has come to realise that he has no chance of redemption without the help of God’s love, “imprison me…never shall be free”. He also strongly considers he has been wrongly taken by “your enemy”, Satan through his use of metaphors “imprison me”. Satan has captured him “take me to you” through temptation and sin “unto your enemy”.
In such a view, the protagonist’s at times harsh reaction to various sinners is not a sign of his falling into sinful attitudes, but proof of his righteous indignation as he learns to hate sin.” This is morally harsh to the suffering. The damned is already atoning for their sins in hell. As such, there is no need for the “hero” to be unmerciful to any of the sinners. Dante the poet may have a personal resentment towards the people in his life that directly correlate to the characters in his poem. His protagonist’s unforgiving reaction to each individual in the poem may be a reflection to what he feels in reality.
Paradise Lost begins, not with the expected potential heroes of the Genesis stories, God or man, but he begins instead with Satan, thereby placing focus on him and his actions. Milton, introducing Satan by blaming him for the fall of man, "Who first seduced them to that foul revolt?/Th' infernal Serpent..." (1.33-34), appears to set him up as the definitive adversary, not just of the epic, but of humanity. He briefly tells of Satan's pride that led him to try to overthrow God and how he was cast into Hell, but he also tells us, "...for now the thought/Both of lost happiness and lasting pain/Torments him..."(1.55-56), right away trying to make Satan someone to be pitied, more human and less evil. Milton describes Satan's physical character to be "in bulk as huge/As whom the fables name of monstrous size,/ Titanian..."(1.196-198), and then "Deeming some island," (1.205), meaning Satan's size is so vast a sailor would mistake him for an island on which he can moor his boat. Satan's size growing larger with each new comparison supports Satan as the hero.
He curses the day of his birth as well as the night of his conception, stating “Why is life given to those who find it so bitter?” (p.512). Although Job announces some controversial questions, his faith continues to insist that God does know what is best for humans, he simply wants to know and understand God’s agenda, as asked “Why should the sufferer be born to see the light?”. Job had great confidence concerning his goodness, though challenged by his friends as they ignorantly assume that one only suffers if he has committed sin. More specifically, Eliphaz further claims that every human commits sin in God’s perspective, “Can a human being be righteous before God, a mere mortal pure before
Julian Tamburro Mr. Torbert Quotation Analysis - Inferno Quotation 1: Dante and Virgil has just passed circle six, the sinners of Heretics. They begin to move onto the the lower half of Hell. The lower half of Hell consists of sins of violence, fraud, and treachery. Unlike the sins in the upper part of Hell that were incontinence sins, which means that you did not have complete self control over your sinful acts, the lower Hell sins are sins that people committed intentionally to hurt others. Dante and Virgil arrive at the Gates of Dis, the gateway into lower Hell.
For sinning he gives consequences which are most likely being sent to hell, but god gives forgiveness. Jonathan Edward’s use of the imagery helps the reader understand the motives in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. The title itself explains its self ,”Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” , god is holding the people who sin in his hands and is angry which means he would like to drop us into hell. Edwards hoped that the imagery and message of his sermon would awaken his audience to the horrific reality that awaited them should they continue without Christ. The imagery puts an picture or image inside the readers mind so they could get a better understanding in what’s actually going on in the story which is sinning.
Fundamentally, the contrapasso resolves punishment uniquely to each sinner. Accordingly, God designs the punishment and tailors it in a manner that would be appropriate for each sin committed. This is contrary to the universal misapprehension; that all sinners burn similarly, regardless of the sin committed. There is an ever-growing debate regarding how contrapasso operates, its function, as well as the reasons why Dante uses it in his works. While many assert that there is a principle or blueprint of contrapasso, some also argue that any attempts to place a solid understanding or classification of the model severely restrict its proposition and application.
Sin is an act frowned upon by most but done by many people anyway. It is unavoidable by some but others see those sinners as unfaithful and shall be condemned to hell. Through a palpable use of imagery, Donne pleads for his salvation and forgiveness of his transgressions from his God – a God which, in fact, echoes the wrathful lord of the Old Testament rather than the benevolent one of the New. Donne’s use of words like knock, blow, burn, break, imprison and ravish all give his poem a clear picture. He selects these choice words to depict how intense his prayer to be forgiven really is.
For example, states in his sermon that, “The devil is waiting for them, hell is going for them, the flames gather and flash about them,” (pg.46), which is basically explaining how sinners are going to burn in hell and they deserve it. Also Edwards states that, “the fire bent up in their own hearts is struggling to break out,” (pg.46-47), which he means that those who sin deserved to struggle in their own hell. Edward is telling the sinners to burn up in hell because they sin. Edwards explain to sinners what is going to happen to them and he also describes how sinners were going to hell. For example, he states, “The wrath of God is like great waters that are damned for the present; they increase more and more, and rise higher and higher, till an outlet is given; and longer the stream is stopped, the more rapid and mighty is its course, when once it is let loose.” (pg.47), he explains how sinners’ lies spread quickly and makes them sinners.