In The Inferno by Dante Alighieri, Dante uses great imagery to depict the exact nature of the intense punishments the dwellers of Hell are put through by Satan. Dante uses the Dark Woods to represent a sinful life on Earth, and therefore they are what leads Dante and Virgil into Hell. He uses imagery to describe these woods as “so rank, so arduous a wilderness! Its very memory gives a shape to fear” (Alighieri 4). One of the more drastic punishments in the novel for sinners is for the Sodomites, who were violent against nature; they were punished by having to eternally walk under a rain of fire, constantly burning.
Everyone in the world agrees that the action of Adolf Hitler in the Holocaust was an abomination and inexcusable. Many people see Adolf Hitler himself as a devil, so why would anyone except religious inspired violence. The Holocaust is the most known incident but there are numerous religious inspired acts of torture and execution. All of which are just as wrong, evil and inexcusable as the Holocaust. Issue #2-War is always a last resort; the lives of many people are lost in wars.
Sean Michael Nolan Dr. Michael Calabrese English 200 A 25 November 2011 The Simple Atrocity of Violence In Dante’s The Inferno Hell is an awesome place. The simplicity of the word awesome alone does no justice to the allegorical and literal masterpiece of onion like layers in which Dante employs to illustrate his Hell. As Dante goes through his journey, being led by Virgil, he peels back the layers and the manifestations of punishment which ensue from our worldly sins. These circles represent a hierarchy of sin induced magnitude. The punishments, though increasing as they approach the frozen hell floor, also mirror in an ironic way the actual categorization of the sins.
In Both “The Minister’s Black Veil” and The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne demonstrates how human nature is associated with human passion. He mainly targets the act of sin as his example of human nature regarding human passion. Hawthorne also seems to expose the true hypocrisy of the Puritan lifestyle, especially in these two stories. In the story “The Minister’s Black Veil,” Hawthorne wrote about a man named Reverend Hooper. Hooper wore a black veil throughout the story in attempt to make a point to everyone that they all sinned, whether they wanted to admit it or not, and there was no point in trying to hide their sins… considering God was aware of them regardless of who else knew.
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.
Canto by Canto: A Righteous Journey for Inner Salvationo: The average human is unable to process the most obscene and graphic of depictions while visualizing Hell in its rawest form, but with a grueling and mind-consuming task present, could this human nature change? In Inferno, written by Dante Alighieri, Dante the pilgrim goes on a harrowing journey looking for salvation, stumbling amongst unique circles of sinners who eventually change his perspective on how mankind processes the judgment of the almighty God. Subsequently, Dante furthers the purpose of his work as a whole by demonstrating God’s poetic justice throughout Hell with the utilization of irony and imagery. Dante Alighieri, a man chosen by god to relay the true meaning of salvation, begins to develop irony between sin and punishment throughout Upper Hell to show God’s holy authority. For example, after Dante and Virgil enter the Vestibule, the two explorers spot a group of people who “are stung exceedingly by gadflies and hornets,” all while these sinners “run [after] a banner rapidly” (Alighieri III).
The sixth circle is where the heretics dwell in fiery tombs. The violent are punished in the seventh circle and it is also the time when Virgil truly, and in detail, explains the layout of Hell. All human sins are divided into three big categories; those who lack self-control, violence, and fraud. And, so far the things Dante encountered fell into the first category and the seventh held the violent sinners. The final two circles contain the sinners of ordinary fraud and treacherous fraud.
Dimmesdale, however, as the town minister, wears his own scarlet “A” burned upon his flesh, since it is the community's rage he fears the most. Chillingworth sees the “A” as a quest for revenge to find the adulterer. Chillingworth's misshapen body reflects (or symbolizes) the anger in his soul, which builds as the novel progresses, similar to the way Dimmesdale's illness reveals his inner turmoil. The “A” also stands for "Angel" when it is seen in the sky on the night when Hester and Dimmesdale are standing on the scaffold together. One of the most complex and misunderstood characters in the novel is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne.
Because the poem places a large emphasis on Satan and the fall of man, it could give a sense of rebellion to an uneducated reader, which it certainly did with the monster. However, if Paradise Lost was replaced with the Bible, this influence would be reversed with many positive influences, including “Thou shalt not kill,” and “Love thy neighbor as yourself.” Plutarch’s Lives is a collections of historic retellings of the lives of famous Greek and Roman figures. While there are many positive stories, there are also many negative influences. Many tales of betrayal create negative precedents that the monster followed. However, if a different selection of Lives were chosen, then the monster could have learned of valor and honor.
Through the first cantos, Dante shows how each level of his hell is an expression of human weakness and a loss of hope. Hell is the deepest and farthest place from God himself, which is why fire is the best and only symbol to represent the center of Hell. To begin with fire and destruction go hand and hand. In Dante’s Inferno fire is utilized to punish sinners by engulfing them in flames. Fires destructive nature is the reason why those that aren’t seen fit to be in Heaven, are caste into the lake of Fire.