Justice In Dante Alighieri's Inferno

Dante Alighieri’s Inferno has a hell and a God that are in many ways difficult to process. Dante’s God can be seen as either a cruel God that encourages torture or a God with divine justice. He proposes a lot of possibilities that do not necessarily sit well with people. One major argument against his reasoning is that he submits people straight to hell just for not believing God. However, he places them in Circle one where their punishment is to have a near wonderful afterlife with the exception of not having God's light. Limbo is hard to imagine as a hell especially when compared to the other circles. In fact, the vestibule which is filled with soul's who are left wandering around in a circle chasing a flag for all of eternity, all for the …show more content…
Date's punishments are memorable for being inventive and very painful so much that people may think that it is unjust and excessive. However, these are not Dante's God's way of torturing for the hell of it. Dante incorporates symbolic retribution into all of the punishments. If a sinner is guilty of being gluttonous, then end up being in the garbage because it is all that they themselves produced for the world. They are receiving what they bestowed upon others. To some this is Justice. He also appoints a gatekeeper who places people in hell only based on their own confessions. Hell is also not for people who only committed the sin, but also feel no guilt or repentance for committing it. Hell is for those who have already "hardened" their hearts to God. The sins are ranked in an unusual manner where someone guilty of being a heretic is worse than being lustful. This is most likely due to the fact that Dante was particularly religious and so placed greater weight on crimes against God. A simple way to avoid this hell entirely would be to follow the 10 commandments or simply be a good …show more content…
He goes into deep detail of the various punishments that he has imagined for each of us sinners. Different hells in history compare differently to Inferno. Some treat sins all equally so a thief can be measured and punished in the same way. Roman Catholics also do not typically believe in a purgatory or second chances in the afterlife. That one aspect of hell is a difference that certainly is more merciful. By giving more opportunities to the judged, Dante has given opportunities to realize their punishment and repent their sins. Virgil, however, pointed out that no soul had ever left hell after being sent there. In another comparison, the Bible also has an astounding lack of specifics on what exactly goes on in hell and what our eternal punishments may end up on being. Nilfheim, on the other hand, is usually described as cold with a ruler while it's citizens are kept in constant pain. Tuonela, on the other hand, does not have any punishments. That is unless you count eternal living as a punishment. Duat, a hell depicted by the Egyptians, received punishments from Serpents and devouring demons.

There are injustices in Dante's hell, he is only human after all. Heretics are defines as people who teach other practices. He fails to take into account people from different gods and backgrounds. Many Christians believe God is far more loving and embraces non-sinners into heaven without regard

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