One of the first punishments we observe comes from the fifth circle of Dante’s hell, the wrathful and the sullen, as the author expresses his thoughts of the fitting consequence with each sin linking it to the motivational passage in the twenty fourth ca...
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...arming one’s self and the punishment is the incentive the value the body we have in much the same way as the passage in the twenty fourth canto is incentive to continue on even in hard times.
Humans are a generally lazy species and are often in need of a spiritual or emotional motivation before we are physically able to do what is expected of us either by others or personally. For Dante, at one point he needed the a personal uplift and as a result wrote the lines from canto twenty four to create the motive for himself. Now his lines, not only at that portion of the poem but the poem as an entirety, serve as inspiration to all who read his work. Whether it is the marsh of circle five, the morgue of circle six, or the forest in circle seven, each have their own purpose and are design to inspire moral behavior and use of the talents an individual was given upon birth.
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