The Tragedy Of Dante 's Inferno

954 WordsDec 9, 20144 Pages
Dante’s Inferno is an amazing nonfiction piece that was meant to vindicate many lessons to its readers. As well as, depict what Dante believed hell to be, and express some of his concerns with divine justice, and the appropriate punishments for the crimes committed. While reading this epic piece it spoke in many ways, and it addresses similar issues that are still prevalent in current culture. This religious allegory seems to focus on punishments, and how it should equal up to the wrong that was done. It brings to mind the rule of Contrapasso. According to John Kameen, Contrapasso is one of the few rules in Dante’s Inferno. It is the one “law of nature” that applies to hell, stating that for every sinner’s crime there must be an equal and fitting punishment (Kameen37). This piece seems to relay that punishment should be strict and straight forward. Also, this piece could easily diffuse much of controversy surrounding the death penalty in today’s culture. Therefore, Contrapasso is the one law of Dante’s Inferno that would greatly decrease the issues currently surrounding the death penalty, if applied to current sentencing for crimes worthy of the capital punishment. Firstly, Capital punishment is a legal sentence to die for criminal behavior. Therefore, trying to give a great explanation of the effect it would have culturally is an enormous task. However, introducing Contrapasso as a law could possibly be the water that put out the flames of confusion engulfing the issues
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