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.
In Dante’s Inferno, an epic poem about Dante’s journey into the depths of Hell, he comes across many different evils that we experience in everyday life on Earth. Virgil takes Dante through rings of Hell where he witnesses the punishing of sinners for different things, such as lacking self control or violence. These sins are broken down into specifics, but of all the many crimes Dante speaks of, it is worth noting that sex crimes do not come up as their own ring in Inferno. Understandably so, since at the time it may have been taboo to talk about. However, in modern society, sex crimes are a growing problem that are gaining attention.
This word suggests a cavity or hole in the ground. The author describes Hell as a pit because it’s a symbol of an everlasting trap. Anyone would feel threatened if they were told it’s a possibility that they would be spending an eternity in Hell. It helps support the tone because of the image it creates. You will spend an entity “wrestling” with God (156).
One of Edwards more effective strategies was to paint a picture through words of the horrific nature and eternal suffering for souls that went “unsaved”. He really reached his audience effectively by using graphic descriptions to describe the torture that awaited sinners in hell. Even though the concept of hell seems so far fetched and unreal, Edwards delivery of his sermon scares his listeners into believing what he is saying, thus prompting them to follow his step by step plan for them to be saved. Later into his sermon, Edwards paints a beautiful picture of god dangling sinners above the fiery volcano known as hell. But just when you think there’s no way out of this ill-fated encounter with fire, Edwards shows his congregation the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and explains that through gods mercy and forgiveness one could be saved.
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.
He further portrays their dehumanised state through religious diction, ‘Wherefore rock they, purgatorial shadows’ to create a visual of soldiers rocking back and forth, trying to shake off their mental torment. This image is enhanced in the metaphorical hellish existence, ‘purgatory shadows’ to exemplify their eternal suffering. He portrays the soldiers losing their bodily functions and resembling animals in the rhetorical simile ‘baring teeth that leers like skulls wicked?’ This allows Owen to effectively show the audience the agony of war. He portrays the living hell of war that these soldiers relive day after day through personification,’ – these are men whose minds the dead have ravished. Their torment is reinforced in the juxtaposition, ‘treading blood from lungs that had once loved laughter’ to convey an image of these soldiers walking over decapitated corpses to emphasise the horror while humanising the dead men that ‘loved
He builds upon his message of the sinner’s guilt with each example. Each example is also a little personal to the actual anger of God. In paragraph one, Edwards begins with a slight comparison to the weight and wickedness, and then comparing God’s wrath to the undamed raging waters. Continuing, Edwards takes another step and shows a example of the “bow of God’s wrath”. This metaphor is a significant step from the weight example.
The ruling images in this chapter are the sorrow and hatred that Dimmesdale has for himself and beating himself with a whip. What contribution does this chapter make the novel as a whole? This chapter makes a big contribution to the novel because it is the chapter that leads to Dimmesdale later having to wear the scarlet letter as punishment for what he has done.
Although Romeos thirst for revenge was satisfied the consequences were dire. “And for that offence immediately we do exile him hence. I have an interest in your hearts' proceeding. My blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding.” In this quote Prince delivers Romeos sentencing which is assisted by emotive language to allow the audience to relate to how the Prince feels and brings the audience to the realisation that disobeying authority can have negative effects more than just one
Another literary element that Edwards uses in his sermon is personification. An example is “and the pit hath opened its mouth under them”. (Edwards 154) This line portrays the pit opening its mouth, which we know is the characteristic of a human. This use of personification helps give the audience a sense of fear because they feel that at any point a fiery pit could open up right under them, and send them right to hell. These two literary devices facilitated Edwards’ ability to implement fear on his audience, and thus persuade his audience to come back to the Puritan church and discontinue their