Eternal Punishment in Dante's "Inferno" Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

Eternal Punishment in Dante's "Inferno"
A comparison of punishment in Dante's "Inferno" versus that of Christianity and Judaism.
# 119570 | 1,178 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on May 09, 2010 in Literature (Greek and Roman)

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In this paper, the reviewer compares eternal punishment and the after-life as seen in Dante's "Inferno" to that of Judaism and Christianity. The paper asserts that in Western religion retribution is given directly, while one is still alive. This is contrasted to Dante's version of Hell. Direct quotations from various Cantos of the "Inferno" are used to support this claim. The paper also examines Dante's use of Odysseus in the "Inferno" as a way to continue Homer's epic poem, and for Dante to make a place for himself among the great writers of Western civilization.

From the Paper:

"In the Inferno, however suffering is eternal because it is only the souls that remain and everyone there is already deceased. So when cast into a circle of hell, one remains there eternally suffering for sins they have committed in mortality and vices they have succumbed to. There is no hope for those who end up in Dante's Inferno just as the famous phrase on the gates of hell state: "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here" (Canto III, 9) because there is no redemption and there is merely "everlasting pain" (Canto III, 2). The sinners in Dante's hell suffer forever for their sins unlike sinners in Genesis who pay the price for their faithlessness on earth. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alighieri, D. (1995). The Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso (Everyman's Library). New York: Everyman's Library(2000).
  • Holy Bible, Giant Print Presentation Edition: King James Version. New York: Oxford University Press, USA

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