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From the beginning of human history there have always been sinners and people tried to give just punishments to them It has always been a major issue whether or not the penalties for the criminals are just because unfair punishment can ruin somebodys life It can also bring disasters to the society if criminals do not learn any lessons from the penalties Dantes Inferno in the Divine Comedy suggests clear thoughts on the appropriate punishments for a variety of sins Dantes ideas influenced not only other writers but societys concept of sin and punishment as well Dante describes images of hell and scenes in which sinners are being punished fairly He puts himself in the story as a traveler of hell and Virgil guides him In Dantes Hell sinners are punished in a way that reflects what they did wrong while they were alive All of the punishments that Dante sees are symbolic retributions they either are similar to the sin committed or they are its opposite These symbolic punishments not only help us visualize but also amplify the meanings of all kinds of sins and punishments In the Divine Comedy Dante uses symbolism in virtually every scene These symbols aid readers in understanding his tale For example he makes hell into a cone and divides it into nine descending circles that get smaller as they approach the central point of the earth So I descended from the first enclosure down to the second circle that which girdles less space but grief more great V 1 Dante uses a circular image to represent hell to reflect the repetitive of sin When a person commits a crime if he or she understood what they did and do not commit the crime again it can be counted as a mistake and it can be excused However people will get punished if they sin repeatedly Another example of Dantes use of symbolism is that he and Virgil always
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