Concept Of Divine Justice Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Concept Of Divine Justice
Analysis of Dante's "The Divine Comedy" in relation to justice.
# 24892 | 1,800 words | 3 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 08, 2003 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , English (Analysis)

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Analysis of Dante's THE DIVINE COMEDY in relation to justice. Role of God and Christ. Purgatory section as a scene of self-realization. Inferno (Hell) section with divine justice meted out to sinners. Paradise section and love as as aspect of divine justice. Dante's complex theory related to his times.

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Justice is not a political or legal question in “The Divine Comedy. Instead, Dante takes his cue from Aristotle who said that “Justice is not part of virtue, but virtue entire” (Hutchins, 1952, p.856). In Purgatory, for example, when “the shade” begins to talk. It says “Of the purity the will alone gives proof, which surprises the soul wholly free to change its company. It wills from the first indeed, but the desire- which, contrary to the will Divine Justice sets to the torment as it had been to the sin- allows it not” (Dante, 1952, p. 85). Divine Justice, therefore, is the final arbiter of sin and virtue. Divine Justice is also, so it seems, a means of starting over, of eliminating sin and desire. In fact, “The world is renewed. Justice returns, and the primeval time of man, and a new progeny descends from heaven” ..."

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