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literary scholars have argued the fact that Dante had homoerotic tendencies This poin Many t has been justified with the help of Dantes own work of art the Inferno a divine comedy where Dante goes down to visit the nine circles of hell The sin of sodomy is seen in the seventh circle of hell where sodomites blasphemers and usurers are punished in three independent rings Each sin has a different punishment associated towards it For example sodomites are punished by fiery rain pouring on them as they walk on hot arid land that is burning their feet simultaneously Both authors Pugh and Boswell talk about Dantes capability of being a homosexual especially towards his mentor Brunetto Latini whom he meets in the seventh circle of hell Pugh argues that Dante the pilgrim visits hell to learn about the punishments that have been assigned to sinners in the various circles of hell It is the Pughs viewpoint that Dante himself has committed many of the sins that he sees in hell one of them being sodomy considered as violence against God Dante needs to be careful to avoid a fall similar to his mentors Brunetto Latini who has been punished for committing sodomy Pughs stand is supposed to prove that Dante himself had committed sodomy while living on earth possibly with his mentor Although their relationship was seen as a student teacher one Dante probably took the relationship further than that At the same time Boswell tries to prove the same point as Pugh though he uses a different approach He argues the same fact as Pugh does Boswell describes all three rings of the seventh circle In this circle the sodomites blasphemers and the usurers are tormented with different types of punishment Boswell has described all the punishments of this circle in detail where as Pugh has emphasized only on the third ring of the seventh
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