Punishment In Dante's Inferno

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As previously mentioned, in order to understand penance, the topic of punishment needs to be discussed. The souls in Inferno are being eternally punished for their choices that they made on earth. According to Aquinas, punishment in Hell is one receiving what they always desired. These individuals in Hell desired something other than God and now they receive these things for eternity: “to the wretchedness of Master Adam; alive, I had much of whatever I wished, and now, alas, I crave a drop of water” (Alighieri, 2007, p. 467). For example, those who are in Hell due to wrath or sullenness have an eternal punishment of either attacking one another or screaming and fighting underneath a swamp. Also, based on Dante’s writing, it seems that those
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