The Popular Hinduism Idea Of Karma Essay

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The popular Hinduism idea of karma is a natural law that explains how our universe is governed. The belief of karma is that there is a balance in life between actions and consequences. In other words, what goes around comes around. Literary devices in The Divine Comedy help in the development of themes in the Novel. Dante Alighieri’s book tries to convey the message of karma. There is never a wayward action that goes without punishment in the book. The use of plot, conflict, imagery, juxtaposition, and motif reveal themes of justification and punishment in Dante’s Inferno.
The plot of The Inferno sets up the road for sinners and their respective crimes. The setting and course of the novel optimize the revelation of theme. There is no better place to go to see punishments than Hell. Professor David Lummus of Stanford University defines Hell as a place where sinners “deserve punishment by exercising poorly their free will.” Lummus notes on page sixty-four that “man according as by his merits or demerits in the exercise of his free will he is deserving of reward or punishment by justice.” Dante the character has a chance to see a universe full of suffering that no one else can see. Dante the author gets to create a world full of distinct punishments that are warranted to specific crimes. Before the journey is started, the famous poet Virgil approaches Dante, as he is lost in the forest. He tells Dante to “leave behind all hesitation” because they are to make a heart-racing…

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