Dante 's Inferno, By Dante

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In Dante’s inferno, contrapasso is known to be one of his rules that mean, laws of nature. The term is used to describe punishment that was caused by a crime or sin. Dante concept of Contrapasso is meant to show his beliefs on ethics and what sins are as they reflect political and cultural rules according to him. In Canto XIX, the contrapasso was used by Dante to represent an example with a reference directly from a biblical event. In this example the sinners apparent to be found guilty of simony, which is a crime that is the buying and selling of gifts from the Holy Spirit that has positions of artifacts and power. Along Dante’s path to Hell he runs across sinners buried into the ground, they legs was ‘protruding from each hole there was a set of feet, with legs up to the calves in view’ [Canto XIX, Line 23]. To add fuel to the situation, ‘the soles of their feet were burning, and their legs flew so hard in convulsive thrashings that their throes could have broken withes or even ropes in two. [Canto XIX, Lines 25-27]. The illustration described was a punishment by contrapasso as it demonstrates the events of the Pentecost in which the disciples received fire on their heads from the Holy Spirit. The sinners receiving fire on their feet instead is an ironic punishment for abusing the gifts of the Holy Spirit through their simony. In Canto XXVIII, is the only direct mention of the contrapasso, ‘which is the principle of fitting the punishment to the nature of the offense,’ in the inferno [Canto XXVIII, Line 142]. This final line of the canto, the sinner who is experiencing such a punishment explains his awareness of this irony. The sinner in question is Bertran de Born, one of the greatest of the Provencal troubadours. Bertran’s el... ... middle of paper ... ...also allowing him experience the devastating horrors of hell personally. This includes the ‘fortune tellers, who were disproportioned by having their heads on backwards and had to walk without seeing where they were going’ [Circle 8] . Dante lack of a straighten path to hell represented and give a more in depth into the type of person he was, which wasn’t perfect but not a bad person by any stretch of imagination. Dante were able to learn and teach lessons throughout his journal, meeting different people and trusting some along the way. And by learning that Hell is not a place any person would want to be, he was able to think logically about decisions and whom he can call a friend or teacher. Does the trip through the circles of hell change Dante relatively innocent demeanor to something more cynical and dark that would be more acceptable to the circles of Hell.

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