The Vice Of Fraud In Dante's Inferno

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Hell, as envisioned by Dante Aligheri in the 14th century, was classified into several circles, representing sins that fall into the themes of incontinence, violence, or fraud. Dante’s organization of The Inferno was meticulous and extremely detailed, to the point where some even labelled his Inferno as a “perfectly functioning bureaucracy” (V: Note 9-12) . While he was very successful and venerated for creating such a comprehensive idea of Hell, if his concept is the standard that must be lived up to in the modern, 22nd century that civilization lives in now, a majority of society would be condemned to the deepest circles of Hell. This influx of souls damned to the lowest part of Hell is due to the fact that some sins, that Dante’s society deemed the worst of the worst (such as those located in the spheres of fraud), have become commonplace in modern society, and have dawned a new, non-malicious connotation. Therefore, Dante’s 14th century version of the Inferno is outdated, and must be revised to reflect …show more content…
But can a truly just and forgiving God hate and condemn His own creations for using the vice that only He can make them capable of? Humanity of the modern era is plagued by the advanced society that they created. It struggles to thrive in a society that begets evil and sin, and equates these things with success. While it is still unacceptable for humans to commit sins of over-indulgence, violence, and treachery, they should not be sent to the lowest levels of Hell for falling susceptible to evil in a society that makes it all too easy. Furthermore, it would be illogical to sentence souls to the same lowest levels of Hell, or even at all, for that matter, for a sin such as homosexuality, if it is not considered sinful. Therefore, for Dante’s version of Hell to reflect the modern era, it must be revised and amended to reflect 22nd century

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