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EH4-03 Kiwon SueMr Gern April 10 1999THE DIVINE COMEDY OF DANTE ALIGHERI INFERNODantes Inferno is one of the three parts of his Divine Comedy The Inferno is divided into thirty-four cantos each containing a description of a specific region of hell Sinners in each area are punished for different sins Sinners of lust suffer in upper hell sinners of violence in middle hell and the sinners of fraud in the lowest part of hell The sufferings of these people are portrayed through Dantes eyes as he descends lower and lower into hell with Virgil his helper The punishment for each sinner corresponds to the sin that they committed In Canto 18 Dante and Virgil travel into the First and Second Pouch of the eighth circle of hell also called Malebolge This region of hell is divided into ten parts or pouches where sinners of ordinary fraud are punished In the First Pouch the panders and seducers are whipped by horned demons Here Dante encountered Vendico Caccianemico a Bolognese who pandered his own sister giving her to another man as a prostitute These panders and seducers had forced other people to obey them many times against their will and had tortured them if they didnt listen As compensation for their sins they are being held under the control of the demons and are also being tortured continually This continual suffering also accounts for the surplus time these sinners had in manipulating othersIn the Second
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