Dante's Inferno Punishment

1165 Words5 Pages
The Punisher (An Analysis of Dante’s Punishments in Hell) “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done." All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened” (Lewis). Dante's classic text Inferno is a tale in which Dante is lead by Virgil down to the depths of Hell and teaches him the lives the sinners who would not repent now face for the duration of eternity. The punishments created in Dante’s Inferno regarding flatters, suicides, and traitors strike a particular chord with my own philosophy…show more content…
People who seek the attention of others by falsely giving out compliments are some of the most annoying daily trials I have to encounter. It is arguable that the amount of excrement being shoved into their mouths in the afterlife will never measure up to how much they spewed in their years on earth. “There is no other way of guarding oneself from flatterers except by letting men understand that you will not be offended if they tell you the truth” (Machiavelli). This classic author tells us in order to escape the annoyance of flatterers, one must give off a demeanor of utter realism. If they feel they cannot fool you with sugar coated words, they will look for another to…show more content…
Brutus and Cassius are pictured in the mouths of Satan in the icy wasteland at the center of hell. To Dante, those who turn their backs on those they ought to be loyal to are the lowest of the low. He believes this due to his own political situation. Dante was exiled after the fall of the political party he stood for. “Every sin is an act of cosmic treason, a futile attempt to dethrone God in His sovereign authority” (Sproul). Back stabbers and cheats aren't celebrated in any time period, yet it seems almost anti climactic for Dante to put traitors in what is supposed to be the worst of the underworld. I do enjoy that they are fixed in the locks of Satan's jowls with their heads being besmirched for the rest of

More about Dante's Inferno Punishment

Open Document