The Lessening Of A Punishment Essay

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Dante’s Fraudulence: The Lessening of a Punishment
In Dante’s Inferno, readers see that Dante believes fraudulence is a worse crime than violence. I understand why he may have thought it needed to be punished more—he wanted to teach the politicians of his time to be more honest—but in reality, violence is a much worse crime. When we look at societies jails today, who has the longer sentence, the thieves and liars or murderers and rapists? It is the latter. I disagree with Dante when it comes to fraudulence being a worse crime than violence. I personally believe that hell would punish the seventh layer of violence much more brutally than fraudulence. Dante seemed to be extremely bitter towards politicians and their fraudulence. He chose fraudulence to be one of the worst crimes, second only to betrayal such as that of Judas Iscariot. Dante was very familiar with the politicians of his time because he “held a number of important public posts” (Jacoff 236). After losing a major political struggle he was exiled (Jacoff 8). This likely influenced him to show his opponents how he felt and what punishments he thought they should suffer from in Hell. Many notable figures across cultures and religious beliefs have brought the reality of violence to the public in order to raise awareness and try to stop it. For example, Mahatma Ghandi once said, “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”(Dalton 43) Pope…

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