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Dantes Inferno takes mankind on a frightening journey through the depths of hell This mentally and physically exhausting journey proves to be an invaluable lesson in restoration of the Church which was in a corrupt state The physical ends of the journey are to strengthen the pilgrims body for the upcoming and rigorous ascent on mount purgatory The intellectual ends of the journey however are far more beneficial to the human soul Man must first understand the foundations of sin before he can hope to climb the mountain of salvation it is only by climbing down Lucifers grotesque body ie grappling with sin itself that the pilgrim is able to reach the mountain of Purgatory On his voyage through hell Dante shows the effects of the sin on the sinners soul through their punishments each punishment is relative to the sin Dante symbolizes the effects of sin on the soul by using variations of a constant motion to punish the sinners in the circle of the lustful and the round of sodomites Dante presents the second circle of hell as the pitiful realm of the lustful in which the souls are blasted by a wind storm eternal in its rageV31 The lustful like all sins of incontinence makes reason slave to appetite V39 The lustful never truly commit themselves to a concrete relationship they just flow freely from one person to the next ie there are no strings attached The lustful are so easily swept of their feet that they are forever being swooned The carefree lifestyle the lustful practice leaves no room for self-direction Thus the image of the harsh winds incessantly whirling the souls symbolizes the how the lustful deprived themselves of self-direction The soul is turned from its proper nature when the soul deceives itself into thinking that it does not have the power of self-direction The sodomites like the lustful have allowed themselves to become powerless to their sexual appetite However
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