The Effect Of Sin In Dante's The Divine Comedy

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The Effect of Sin

Sin is a very alluring thing usually having to deal with a human’s desires, but what does this sin lead to in the long run? Dante's focus on sin in The Divine Comedy is portrayed by man's desire and how it affects their punishment. This sin leads to most of the books turmoil and his experiences throughout.

The Divine Comedy is a book revolving around sin and its effects on man. The pure essence of it is the driving point of Dante’s Inferno, a section of the book that is depicted as Hell. One line from the book, "There did he leave her pregnant and forlorn; `Such sin unto such punishment condemns him" (Dante C18). This quote makes the point that the man should’ve stayed with the woman and did his job, but he abandoned her and that sealed his fate as a sinner. The man leaving the women signifies
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"The sins punished in both Hell and Purgatory are lust, gluttony, avarice, extravagance, wrath, sloth, heresy, violence, fraud, and betrayal" (Singh, 1995). This quote shows the different types of sin that Dante believed were punished for in Hell. Like stated before, Dante thought fraud was worse than murder and it’s very evident throughout the story as shown in this quote, "souls are not deadened, as they mostly are in life; they are actually in the greatest torment of which each is capable” (Singh, 1995). In Dante’s poem there is different levels of Hell and each relating to a sin that a someone committed and what their punishment would be. These levels ranged from Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud, and lastly Treachery. Each of those reaching a higher punishment and cruelty level. Fraud was depicted as a man with an honest face and beautiful body, but having an evil temper and causing strife. This is how Dante saw men with the sin of fraud, and he translated that into his book as someone he has to overcome in the 8th layer of

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