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Intro This essay is about the punishment of those with unnatural tendencies in the third ring of the seventh circle of Hell in Dantes Inferno The Professors assignment relied heavily on looking closely at the meanings of specific words in only a small part of one canto so in short I had to expound or go deeper on few words In lines 36-42 48 53-60 of Canto XV of Dantes Inferno Dante is walking through the third ring of the Seventh Circle of Hell This circle contains the violent against nature God and art in a landscape characterized by burning red sand falling fire a brook of blood and a dead forest on the outskirts In this particular part of Hell Dante meets Messer Brunetto Latini who was influential in Dantes early life Throughout their exchange Dante through the art of his prose and particular word choice portrays the sins of his old friend and teacher that led him to Hell In doing so he also contrasts true leadership Virgil with the perverted leadership Brunetto offered him on Earth and now in Hell Through the noted similarity of Brunettos intellectual position in life and his in Hell Dante is also able to show that people choose their reward or punishment in the afterlife and hold onto them without remorse Although he was a friend with Brunetto in life he cannot ignore the objective reality of sin therefore he gives his old friend his due and nothing more The contra passo of Brunetto that Dante portrays is not only relevant in his day but also modern times when the reality of sin is so hazy and misconstrued In the third ring of the Seventh Circle of Hell dedicated to the violent against God art and nature Dante shows through his imagery the connection of all three violences through the punishments and environment they are confined to Their ring is exemplified by a doleful wood
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