Case Study Of Dante's Inferno

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In this paper, I will be discussing the elasticity of the famous book, Dante’s Inferno, with relation to a widely known serial killer Ted Bundy. The book takes you through Dante’s interpretation of Hell and the 9 circles within. I will analyze if the hierarchy of sin is still relevant when considering a complex case study of someone like Ted Bundy, keeping in mind our modern day understanding of the psyche of a serial killer. Furthermore, I will make a case for various levels of Hell that could be appropriate for Bundy and make an opinion of where I think he should be placed.
In the Inferno, there is a common theme of understanding the importance of reason versus will. This is a representation of this time and the Aristotelian way of thinking. There is a belief that your reason should be stronger than your urges, in addition, you should not be using reason to see yourself as smarter and without need of divine intervention (this is seen in the sixth circle with the heretics). Both displacements of reason are considered sins and will land you in Dante’s Hell. This is relevant to my case study because it is a common question, whether serial killers are
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It is difficult to place him into only one of these circles because I feel his crimes were justifiable for so many different circles of hell. Dante had a reoccurring theme of, when a sinner fit into multiple circles of Hell he placed them in the lower circle. For this reason, I think the most accurate placement of Bundy would be in the 9th circle. He fits the level of betrayal because his actions were more than just violent, they were intentional and cold. He does not fit in with the sins of incontinence of insane brutality, because of this malicious personality. It is made obvious in lots of my research that Bundy was cold, calculated and in full control of his actions. This control factor is what leads me to put him into the lowest level of
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