The Inferno

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The InfernoThe Inferno is divided into thirty-four sections and the rest is divided into thirty-three and thirty-three. Three is a magical number number and it is associated with good things. We will notice throughout this play everything occurs in threes. When it starts off Dante runs into three beasts, the lion, the leopard, and the shewolf. Then there are three major divisions of Hell, incontinence, violence, and fraud.

Everything in this play goes in circles, so that meand it keeps repeating itself over and over again. Each circle is different and different things happen within each one. Circle one are the vituous pagens.

Circle two starts the torments of Hell proper. It is the Carnal. The souls of the Carnal are those who have betrayed reason to their appetites. Their sin was to abandon themselves to the tempest of their passions, they are denied the light of reason and of God.

This punishment is suitible in that they need to learn to control their passions and desires and not let them get out of control.

Circle three are the Gluttons. They are lying in dirty, black snow. It is freezing down in this part. Cerberus, a three-headed dog, stands guard over the souls, ripping and tearing them with his claws and teeth. The Gluttons wallowed in food and drink instead of making use of the gifts of God. Thier punishment is suitible because they should have taken care of their bodies instead of always eating and drinking. Now, they have to lay in Lee pg. 2 this freezing snow while their bodies freeze to death. Take care of the body God gave you.

Circle five are the Hoarders and the Wasters. The Hoarders in their life took what they didn't need. And then there are the Wrathful and the...