Depiction Of Hell In Dantes Inferno Essay

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Ileah Glenn ENG 2110 M&W 3pm Dr. Voss Dante's Inferno chronicles a strange journey through hell, seeming familiar at times but shocking at others. As an American and a Christian, I think that my opinion on this could be crafted from my religion and our society, particularly its media. In my mind I’ve depicted hell as this place of immense torment bestowed on all sinners. My faith has taught me that those who sin go to hell to be punished. Dante's adventure clearly shows that the souls of hell are punished, as I thought. Punishments range from living in filth to painful tortures. Dante expands his idea of hell being made up of circles that descend based on sin. While this idea makes sense, I have never been exposed to that thought. This concept creates constant surprises and extremely interesting imagery. My view of hell was this burning hole where all the souls of sinners kind of dwell together. I basically felt that a sin is a sin. This is probably because it was instilled in me somewhere in my childhood. Now I feel that this circle idea is a better one, possibly more just. The concept of placing sins in a hierarchy also surprised me as I followed Dante deeper and deeper into the Inferno. The first few circles seemed plausible to me, but the beliefs in the later circles, such as traitors deserving to be higher up than those who are violent to people, caught me by surprise. Killing another human has always been something that I feel is a great sin, but it seemed like traitors belittled it. In life the violent ones are punished harder, so maybe that's why it surprised me. (You may want to be careful here. Even in the US up until the 1900s treason was an offense punishable by death) What also stunned me was the placement of Judas in the

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