Inferno

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Submitted By lorenasouza
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Lorena Souza
12/06/2011
ENG 2111
Clinton Boswell

In The Sermon on the Mount, Christ says that “You shall not commit adultery”, meaning that no man or woman should look to another with desire, or passion, or they would be committing the sin of adultery. The only person that should be desired or loved with passion is Christ. As it can be read in Matthew 5-7, “Blessed are the pure in heart, because they shall see God”, otherwise the ones not pure in heart would be committing the sin of adultery. Dante Alighieri writes about the Lustful sinners, which means the ones that were sent to hell because they were not pure in heart, in canto V of Inferno. Dante’s journey thru hell shows the types of punishments that the sinners received according to their way to live on earth. As Dante is being lead by Virgil thru Inferno, Dante describes how is the second circle of hell, which contains the lustful sinners, the ones that went against God. Dante show the symbolism that reflects the sermon that Christ gave to the humans at the top of the mount when Christ said that “I tell you that any man who puts away his wife, except for the reason of harlotry, is making her the victim of adultery; and any man who marries a wife who has been divorced is committing adultery.” That goes to man and woman as well, as it can be seen, not only men are put in the Lustful sinners, women as well are send to there to pay for they sin. Dante explain the difference between lust as the sin, and love as being a sin when not pure, Lust being the attraction to the sensual part of the opposite person toward to a possessive desire of the body. The souls that are put in the 2nd circle of Hell are the Lustful ones, the ones that let themselves been taken by the heart and their love led them to death. As Dante describe “I learned that this place of punishment all those who sin in lust … as the wings of…...

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