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The Inferno
The Inferno written by Dante Alighieri is an epic about his journey through Hell. In Dante’s representation of Hell contains nine circles containing different sins each with a more severe punishment than the last. In these increasingly terrifying scenarios, he encounters many ironic punishments and often has discussions with a person amidst the torment. Dante is accompanied by a guide (Virgil) who acts as the mentor. The two travel through hell in hopes of reaching Heaven. While Dante walks as a bystander in the terrors of hell, he begins to commit sins himself, although towards the sinners which he encounters he still is admitted into heaven. While Dante occasionally sins throughout his journey, he usually meets the sinners with compassion and pity, but Virgil meets them with the opposite and views them in disgust. While they may treat them any way they want, the one which causes them the most torment is God, which Dante himself views cruel at times.These incongruities and travesties, bring the morality of the Catholic system of condemnation into question.
Dante eventually makes it out of hell and travels to heaven, but he really was not deserving of it seeing as he committed multiple sins along the way. Dante did this to the sinners themselves but considering how strictly kept they are for everyone else assumably it would work the same for him. One occasion of his sinful behavior is while he is traveling through styx the circle of the wrathful in which he encounters one of the sinful (an old enemy) and says “Master it would suit my whim to see the wretch scrubbed down into the swill before we leave”(81). While amidst the wrathful Dante ironically, but viciously, lashes out, being wrathful himself. While he is bru...

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...ce? There is no spot in the brain specifically for spirituality. Without believing in the Catholic God, everyone who came before religion and catholicism would be shoved into these pots with the stove blazing hot.
No,w in the twenty first century, many moral values have changed and stayed the same, even some of the Catholic views on the sins condemned in The Inferno have been changed and are now allowed. Throughout the epic, the morality of the dark age condemnation system are subjugated and scrutinized through analysis of the characters. After perusing The Inferno an obvious bias and contortion in the determination of good and evil, sinful and the righteous emerge. The views of the poem and in this essay were not an attempt to castigate catholicism at all, but to put into question the ideas and morality of the catholic church in the thirteen hundreds.
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