- Dante is encouraged not to feel pity for the souls in Hell that God has damned. It would be illogical and heretical to do so. This doesn’t imply that God made them be there, but that they chose it and God is enforcing it. Their punishment in Hell is the just response by God.
- The souls in Hell are punished, rather ironically, with the counterbalance to their greatest sins. For example, when Dante comes to the area for souls who commit suicide, they don’t have bodies but are instead trees. In addition, they can only speak when a branch is broken or maimed and they are “bleeding.” As one of them tells Dante, “…it is not just that a man be given what he throws away.” Canto XIII, Inferno. In another example, we learn that “as they tore others apart, so are they torn.” Canto XXVIII
“ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE.”On a random side note, I was in Best Buy the other day and I noticed that a video game has been made about this story. It looks like it takes a slightly different twist, but it is interesting to see classical literature’s effects across the board.
“But all together they drew to that grim shore where all must come who lose the fear of God.”
“That king whose perfect wisdom transcends all, made the heavens and posted angels on them to guide the eternal light that it might fall from every sphere to every sphere the same.”
“Now tell me how much cash our Lord required of Peter in guarantee before he put the keys into his keeping? Surely he asked nothing but ‘Follow me!'”
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