Human Suffering in Literature Analytical Essay by writingsensation

Human Suffering in Literature
Provides explanations for human suffering in the works "Paradise Lost" and "Inferno".
# 68317 | 964 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Aug 15, 2006 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison) , Literature (Italian)

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John Milton's "Paradise Lost" and Dante's "Inferno" both deal with issues related to good and evil. In dealing with this issue, the theme of human suffering is explored in this paper. The paper shows that while they do it in different ways, both authors show that human beings are responsible for their own suffering. Human beings are challenged by evil and when they choose evil over good they suffer as a result.

From the Paper:

"As Dante travels towards heaven, he journeys through the ten levels of hell. Each level represents different sins and contains different sins. Most importantly, the sinners are being punished for their sin, with their punishments fitting to their crimes. For example, the individuals who have sinned via wrath are attacking each other, those who took their own lives must spend eternity as trees, while the thieves are turned into vipers. In every case, the people who have sinned are being punished in a way that is fitting to their crime."

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