The final two circles contain the sinners of ordinary fraud and treacherous fraud. The universality of Dante’s poem is fairly evident throughout the length of the story; for any sin committed, there will be a consequence or punishment to fit the crime. Inferno displays situational, symbolic and character archetypes that connect the patterns of human nature within the poem to the modern world. The journey is the situational archetype. The journey is when the hero is on a search for truth or knowledge.
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.
At the end, Dante comes to the final circle of hell to see Satan’s three heads perpetually chewing on Brutus, Cassius, and Judas, the three great traitors. The relevance of Dante’s Inferno to society can be seen in the first Canto. “Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood” (Alighieri, 194). This represents those who go astray in life, who have fallen into temptation, committed sin, and cannot seem to bring them self back to God. Dante describes the dark wood: “Its very memory gives a shape to fear” (Alighieri, 194).
This is also ironic, as humans themselves are a part of the earth and nature, yet are destroying it for their own ends. The imagery of the dump is used to symbolize the dystopic wasteland that society is approaching, a consumer society consuming itself. The confronting revelations of the persona’s experience compels the reader, as a vision of hell is established, as “attendants in overalls and goggles” and “laborers” allude to “devils” and “demons”. These “figures” of our future are portrayed in a pathetic fashion, as they “poke” around, and “wander in despondence”, looking for “scraps of appetite”, in order to fuel their humanity. The people who fork through the trash symbolize that we may, one day pick at the remnants of our long lost culture, 'with an eternity in which to turn up some peculiar sensation'.
Zachary Bloye Inferno Essay (Dante’s purpose) NLGC Honors 11/20/13 God’s Supreme Power in Inferno Sinners being tossed around endlessly in hurricane winds, devils tearing flesh from bodies with their whips, people who are being continuously covered in their own excrement, and men who are being tortured by having their genitalia torn from their bodies by the teeth of serpents. All of these gruesome events take place in the highly unique poem, Inferno. As Dante Alighieri categorizes Hell into three sections, he explains his journey throughout Inferno with the purpose of proving God’s power to be supreme, accomplishing this through the literary devices of imagery and mood. As the story commences, Alighieri’s poem works through various moods to show the ultimate strength of the Almighty One, starting with the first section of Hell, which consists of sinners of incontinence. To start, the lukewarm spirits are stung to the point that their “faces irrigate with blood,” which brings with it a feeling of justification (Alighieri III).
For example when Benvilio says “I do but keep the peace.” To which tybalt replies “…peace? I hate the word. As I hate hell, all montagues and thee.” Tybalt clearly expresses his anger towards the montagues by comparing them to hell. The word “hell” is very powerful and is used to insult the montagues. To be compared to hell in those days would have been extremely bad, because hell is the ultimate punishment and there is nothing worse than hell.
Dimmesdale's character is used to demonstrate how the guilt caused by concealing ones sin can cause much harm to both the physical and emotionalstate of a person. Through this idea, Hawthorne exemplifies the importance of confessing to a sin and taking responsibility for ones actions to get rid of any unnecessary suffering. Throughout the novel, the guilt and shame that is associated with concealing his sin of adultery eats Dimmesdale away emotionally. This is shown when he tells Hester that his scarlet letter “burns in secret”(151), which shows the emotional toll the secrecy of his sins has had on Dimmesdale. He wears a scarlet letter on his soul which ruins his inner self more than any scarlet letter worn in public and this internal scarlet letter greatly contributes to the increasing decay of his soul.
In Dante’s hell, people that were accused of this sin constantly get rained on by fecal matter to punish them for what they have done. Today, it is considered by society to be disgusting and repulsive if a person is overweight; overweight people are regarded as gluttons. There is no doubt that many of these people live in hell in Dante’s hell and today. They are shunned, scorned and mocked by society for the way they look. Not only are they scorned and hated by society, but also most scorn and hate themselves even if they do not show it every day.
Dante’s Inferno is a narrative poem, with a rhyme scheme, originally written in Italian. It documents the author’s, Dante, trip through hell, where he learns how hell is organized and the way in which sinners are punished. Dante is guided by the great poet Virgil, who leads him throughout hell. Dante's portrayal of Hell in the Inferno is a masterpiece of visual and allegorical imagery. One of the strongest examples of imagery is in the animals throughout the story.
The new weapon napalm was used to burn villages many lives in Vietnam were lost as they were in South Africa. Both countries were both ruins and its people were angry as is shown in the language of the two poems. Both these poems are full of bitterness. The black poet who wrote Nothing’s Changed uses a vicious irony “we know where we belong” to show that he feels blacks and whites will never truly reconcile. His pent - up rage is expressed again in the final stanza “ Hands burn for a stone, a bomb to shiver down the glass”.