Dante’s Vision of Divine Justice Justice is one of the major building block that society is built

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Dante’s Vision of Divine Justice Justice is one of the major building block that society is built upon. It gives people a sense of retribution when they have been wronged. In Dante’s Inferno, justice is served in the supernatural realm. Throughout this play, the reader is exposed to the inner working of hell and the nine circles of specialized punishment it is composed of. Justice, in Dante’s Inferno, differs from justice in the mortal world in that it is decided, not by humans, but by God. However, it is not God’s justice that is portrayed in this divine comedy. While this divine comedy depicts justice coming from God, the justice in the Inferno is based on Dante’s personal views of the severity of the sin and the sinner. This paper will…show more content…
On the other hand, Dante was exiled from Florence, due to the actions of Pope Boniface VIII (Mazzotta 8 ). This action made Pope Boniface VIII a mortal enemy of Dante and influenced Dante’s decision of dedicating the eighth circle of hell to fraud. The second circle of hell was reserved for souls that committed bodily sins such as lust. Francesca was one of the souls committed to this section of hell. In her shade’s telling of the events that led to her damnation, one cannot not help but sympathize for her. Francesca’s downfall was in love. She was a married woman who own humanity betrayed her. While reading literature with another man, Francesca is caught in the passion of the story and kisses a man who is not her husband (Alighieri 23:2). Francesca committed a sin of passion in a temporary lapse of judgment. This sin of lust that is deeply imbedded into human nature is shown to provoke the protagonist sympathy. Dante’s character feels so strongly that as stated in cantos v: “through compassion fainting, seem’d not far [f]rom death, and like a corpse fell to the ground” (Alighieri 23:2). This lustful response to her bodily urges, while provoking a characteristic fainting reaction from Dante, does justify her placement in the second circle of hell. As said by Poggioli in Tragedy or Romance? A Reading of the Paolo and Francesca Episode in Dante's Inferno: “[t]his scene is

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