Method to Madness.

Essay by HotussiUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, November 2005

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When I go to hell, I hope that God is fair in my judgment and punishes me accordingly. Now, of course, my first suspicion is that I would be thrown in amongst the Sodomites (along with almost everyone else I know). Yet what remains is that, while society may most closely identify me as a Sodomite, I'd like to think that my heavier sins would hold some sort of weight in my ultimate judgment. Because it appears in hell that the heavier of your sins drags you down to a lower, worse, level of Hell. While, ideally, God would judge us as a whole, sometimes the worst of our sins make that not possible.

However, if things were up to Dante, I would automatically be thrown in, no questions asked, with those who have "tendons strained by sin" (Dante 139, 114) because that is what I partake in more often than others and what I am probably most known for.

In his work "The Inferno" it appears as if, at times, he places some characters in the wrong level of hell. Instead of tossing them to the level aligned with their worst sin, they are instead thrown to the level significant to their most identifying sin, the one they are most recognized for. Is it fair to award leniency to some, while damning others to suffer more?

LUST. This seems to be the common thread between all those who have been sorely misplaced. Either they have lusted after someone, and their more weighted sins dragged them down, or they are in with the lustful despite their more despicable sins.

The first character that seems most out of place is that of Dido. As we all know (or at least should), she was the ill fated one-time lover of...