Punishments And Punishment In Dante's Inferno

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Dante Alighieri who was a prominent Italian author of the 14th century wrote Inferno to give insight on the society of Florence as the 14th century was notorious for its corrupt governments and rivals among groups of people. As being called the The Cautionary Tale, Inferno can be relevant today as it serves as a message of people committing sin will be punished depending on the severity of their wrongdoings. Even though the poem exaggerates the punishments, it serves as a message that people will be punished in their crimes depending on how severe the crime is today.

The Inferno is divided into Nine Circles of Hell. As you get deeper into the circle of Hell, the crimes become severe and so do the punishments. The First Circle of Hell are
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It contains those who had successful lives that either wasn’t born before the advent of Christianity or were never baptized. With this in mind, a number of Old Testament figures were granted amnesty by Christ when he descended into Hell during the time of his death and resurrection. Those who don’t have Jesus in their heart are not severely punished and deserve a second chance. Today, there have been countless individuals that have not yet accepted Christ into their hearts, but have a chance to redeem themselves and be …show more content…
The outer ring houses the violent against people and property. The middle ring houses suicides and spendthrifts. The inner ring are those violent against God and Nature. Today, for those that are violent against people and property get one of three punishments depending on how severe the crime is. They are either fined, arrested, or executed. For those that commit suicide, meet their demise since they took their lives into their own hands. The modern legal punishment for spendthrifts is usually bankruptcy. However, back in the 19th and 20th centuries, there were a few jurisdictions that experimented laws under which the family of such a person could have him legally declared a “spendthrift” by court of law. For blasphemy, anti-blasphemy laws existed in 32 countries and are common in Muslim-majority nations, such as those in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, it is immoral to do violent acts against God as it ruins one’s reputation and sets a bad example for other people. For those that are violent against nature are fined, arrested, or executed depending how heinous the crime against nature

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