Essay on The 's Inferno, By Dante And Virgil

1618 Words Apr 15th, 2016 7 Pages
Sin has always been an underlying aspect of Catholicism, outlining the disciplinary system of the religion. Committing one of these determined immoral acts is considered an offense against the divine law, resulting in some form of eternal suffering depending on the severity of the crime. In the first part of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, Dante’s Inferno, the reader is presented an allegory telling of the journey of Dante through Hell, guided by the Roman poet Virgil. As the pair descend through Hell, Dante is exposed to the brutal suffering that is a reality for those who have defied the divine law. In Canto V of the book, Dante and Virgil enter the second circle of Hell: home to the souls of the lustful, or the promiscuous and impulsive. According to the model of the church, the lustful are always considered sinners regardless of individual case-by-case circumstances. With that being said, Dante’s conversations with the trapped souls and discoveries made during his visit reveals some inconsistencies within the rules of the church. In the second circle of hell, Dante’s conversation with Francesca da Rimini’s soul and his clear demonstration of sympathy towards the lustful illustrates the sin as a universal impulsivity; he is subtly pointing out the discrepancies between the church doctrine and human nature. The most evident scenario highlighting this innate strife between human nature and the church doctrine lies with one soul in particular. Dante and Virgil…

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