In Dante’s Inferno, Dante is taken on a journey through hell. On this journey, Dane sees the many different forms of sins, and each with its own unique contrapasso, or counter-suffering. Each of these punishments reflects the sin of a person, usually offering some ironic way of suffering as a sort of revenge for breaking God’s law. As Dante wrote this work and developed the contrapassos, he allows himself to play God, deciding who is in hell and why they are there. He uses this opportunity to strike at his foes, placing them in the bowels of hell, saying that they have nothing to look forward to but the agony of suffering and the separation from God.
For example it may seem ultimately that Satan (even by his very name) is a creature of great evil. However, Milton shows elements of self doubt and an almost pitiful nature, forming a contradiction of the stereotypical image of what Satan represents. : 'Which way I fly is hell: My self am hell' The repetition of the word 'hell' exaggerates a sense of futility now that he has come to Earth for the first time. The questioning tone implied by the use of the word 'which' further empathises this. The reader no longer needs to label the morality of such a character; Satan defines himself with the use of the pronoun 'my' and the preceding definition and assessment that 'My self am hell'.
God creates Hell in order to impose justice on those who sin or go against his will: as the gate states, “JUSTICE IT WAS THAT MOVED MY GREAT CREATOR; / DIVINE OMNIPOTENCE CREATED ME, / AND HIGHEST WISDOM JOINED WITH PRIMAL LOVE,” (III. 4-6). The reader, however, is able to disregard this belief quickly after entering Hell; there is no justice being achieved. Dante further supports the claim that damnation to Hell is an unjust punishment by providing examples of numerous characters who do not deserve to be there. Directly before entering the First Circle of Hell reside the souls who are not even sinners, but just those in a purgatorial state who did not live for good or evil during their lifetimes.
Scattered throughout the book, we see several mythological characters that have indeed descended into Hell. On... ... middle of paper ... ...e after all, he is the most sinister. The irony of this situation is compelling once we are told that Satan is in fact the “…soul that suffers the most.” (Canto XXXIV. Line 61). Because of this use of irony, the Inferno causes you to question what we know, or what we think we know in this case.
(Ralphs) The contrast is the wisdom Chiron is renowned for, to the generic centaurs in which act upon primal instincts. The notion to lead a virtuous life is again falsified because of inherent appearances. Although Chiron’s punishment is less severe to that of tyrants, the mere presence in Hell is ominous. The psychology aspect entails self-restraint, and to also avoid lashing out against others. Going to the deepest region of Hell, Dante faces the sins of Fraudulent.
Interpretation of God and Satan in Paradise Lost In John Milton's Paradise Lost, he tells of Satan's banishment from Heaven. He and his brigade have plotted war against God and are now doomed to billow in the fiery pits of hell. Satan is a complex character with many meaningful qualities. The relationship between Satan's qualities and Hell's atmosphere tell the reader more about why they seem to go hand in hand. Without Satan's features and Hell's tormenting aspects, the place would not be all it is.
Is it an eternity of demon torturing? Is it reliving the same horrible day over and over again for forever? What is hell? Jean-Paul Sartre wrote the play “No Exit.” It is an existentialist play. Sartre uses his characters to describe the setting saying, “Yes we have lots of time in hand.
He believes that they are forever banished to Hell and they should make the most of their situation. Repentance is not an option in his mind. According to Mammon, the arch-demons should make the most of a bad situation.
To Jean Paul-Sartre, “hell is other people”. In Sartre’s play No Exit, three damned souls, Inez, Cradeau, and Estelle are greeted with a hell in which their eternal torment is a psychological struggle brought on by each other. Estelle and Cradeau surrender their identity to others because they cannot let go of the past. Inez lives in the present, but suffers the same fate. Because hell is devoid of material objects, the characters are forced to choose between relying on each other or their own opinions of self to define their identity, proving that hell is not a physical place, but rather a state of mind.
These three people exemplify one another’s imperfections and create a high level of torment with one another. Welcome to hell. Literally, this is the view of hell according to Jean-Paul Sartre in his play, “No Exit.” The characters are unknowingly alone, in terms of finding betterment within inner selves. The only thing the other people in the room create is anguish for one another. The epitome is although these characters are truly not alone, each is lonely and the hell in this is a timeless never ending torture in one another dragging each of themselves into furthered grief and despair.