Symbols In Dante's Inferno

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Something very interesting but probably common sense about this work is that the actual translation of inferno means hell, it is fitting seeing as the main character travels on a path to get to heaven that must go through hell. The key theme that I found more interesting than the others that might be able to be taken from the text. I thought that god finding a balance between the sin committed and the degree of punishment you will suffer was interesting, it was weird to think that there was once a belief (or still is I’m not sure) that there are tiers of hell and based up your sin you will suffer a harsher fate than others. The key theme reminds me of the Hammurabi's Code "an eye for an eye", balance in life is seen as important in the author's …show more content…
This literary element was used from the very beginning of this epic poem, starting with the road which is the symbol for the path to heaven. In this journal, I thought it was important to touch on Virgil’s purpose in the poem and identify him as a symbol in the text. But by analyzing Virgil, an important character, as a symbol instead of just another character, it allows for a very important and common (in modern times) concept to emerge. Virgil is not just Dante’s guide but he is the prime symbol for human reason in The Inferno. Human reason is kind of like rationality and how we base our lives because of our morals that can be formed from many different outside sources the most prevalent being religion and faith. Human reason can and is connected to the human condition. both have to do with our formation because of society and our societal and personal morals and the effect it has on the way we choose to live our lives. These concepts are displayed in the epic poem can be historically connected to the time period The Inferno was written in. In the 14th Century, humanism was rebirthed and reinstated into the Italian society, humanism defined by the dictionary is basically a system that believes in the importance of humans rather than divine matters such as gods and other deities. Humanism stresses the goodness of human beings something and the ability for humans …show more content…
The 1st circle is for those who did not follow Christ whether purposefully or not, the 2nd circle was for those who are sinners of lust which is probably most people ever so I don't understand why that should be treated as a sin in which someone receives eternal damnation for. The 3rd circle is from those who over-indulge (Glutton), the 4th circle is for the greedy who take too much, the 5th circle is for those who are angry and furious. The 6th circle is for those who sin heresy and here Dante meets politicians of the Roman government to show that no one is spared from gods punishments, the 7th circle is for the who have made violence against oneself, others or property, the 8th circle is for fraud and the 9th circle for those who have sinned treachery , being traitor is one of the most severe sins. In each circle is a different level of punishment some receive little punishment because their sins were small but those who created terrible or multiple sins were suffering in a fire. Through Dante's writing you can infer his atitude and opinion of humanistic beliefs, I think just from reading this he is showing those who follow the movement of the rebirth of humanism that they cannot fix themselves and everyone is not good, you are not born with goodness in you but you re

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