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1. The Violent against Others- Those sinners who are held in Circle 7, Round 1. These sinners consist of war-makers, cruel tyrants, highwaymen, etc. Symbolic Retribution: since they lived in blood during their own lives, they are now submerged in boiling blood forever. Each sinner is burned according to their degree of sin.
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The Challenge of Virgil
When the centaurs notice Virgil and Dante, strolling past their parts obliviously as if they are going to be permitted without a hassle to pass by, they are outraged. They challenge Virgil and they are both almost shot with an arrow by one of them. The symbolic retribution of this challenge is that human reason is not always justified in Hell.
My next showing of symbolic retribution is in circle 3, this is where the gluttons are placed. Gluttons are those that think only of eating, nothing else, not family, not friends, not even God. They turn away the light of God to do only one thing, eat. They eat and they eat, and with eating, they make garbage. In the 3rd circle symbolic retribution is very evident because their punishment i... Inconclusion, all of the Circles, not just in II, III, and VI, God’s punishmentfits Dante’s theme of symbolic retribution. In Circle IV, which is filled withthe Hoarders and Wasters of money, they are weighted down with stones tosymbolize the worthlessness of money. They also attack each other with theirweights. Circle V has the Wrathful and the Sullen. The Sullen murmur under thesurface of the river , hidden from the surface justas they hid from the Sun, the symbol of Divine Illumination. The Wrathful areengaged eternally in vicious, pointless battle. In The Inferno, thepunishment always fits the sin.Definition- A punishment that symbolizes a crime that was once committed.
In Circle One the crime that was committed wasn’t really a crime more so a sin. The people that fell into this canto in Hell didn’t believe in god and did nothing to make the world better or worse. So their punishment was to just be surrounded by people who had done the same thing and they are just kind of hanging out there. The punishment reflects the sin because since they did nothing in life, they are doing nothing in the after life. Three examples of symbolic retribution are the sun was divine illumination because light is known for good and peacefulness and the sun is in the sky and light such as heaven. The Dark Wood of Error stood for worldliness because it was a representation of the corruption taking place in the world. Virgil was human reasoning because he kept Dante’s head on his shoulders. Recognition of the Living/Dante
While walking through Circle 6, Dante is recognized by one of the damned from their fiery graves. Dante is recognized quite a few times in this book. The only reason they call him over when they recognize him is because he is living and obviously that’s a pretty big deal in Hell, a place full of dead sinners. The symbolic retribution of this recognition is how Dante sees himself as an important fixture not only in life but also in Hell.