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The Heretics
Heresy, to Dante, was the unnecessary act of denying Christianity. The Heretics believed that the soul died with the body. To Dante, this was a sin. Their punishment was to lie forever in an open fiery grave of God’s wrath until the judgment day when that grave would be sealed shut. The symbolic retribution here is that since they denied the possibility of life after death in Paradiso and that their bodies and souls lied in a grave for the rest of eternity, that is exactly what their souls were sentenced to in Hell; to lye in a grave of God’s wrath for all eternity.

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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.

Symbolic Retribution is a phrase that Dante uses meaning that people get what they deserve. The punishment in hell matches the crime you did in life.
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.
The law of symbolic retribution in Dante'sInferno.(Taken from the John Ciardi's translation with notesand commentary.)

The law of symbolic retribution in Dante's Inferno

The symbolic retribution is completely fitting it reflects the inner characters of these lying, manipulating, sweet talking sinners. I agree 100% that people who would use there power and people faith to benefit their selfish desires deserve this burning symbolic isolation and hope they use their eternity to reflect on their actions.

Symbolic Retribution

Dante uses the idea of contrapasso, or symbolic retribution

Linguère's revenge can be seen as symbolic retribution for centuries of African (not to say European) patriarchy. But even she realizes her victory is hollow. She has claimed that money would allow her to abolish time, to buy back the youth and love stolen from her. But her pursuit of power and possessions has left her cold and lifeless, "half-metal," as Dramaan rather ungallantly remarks when he sees her gold leg. With his murder, Linguhre metaphorically descends into her grave. Only Dramaan, when he finally recognizes the futility of his past desires, is freed from illusion to confront reality with calm and dignity.

quote: Symbolic Retribution Definition- A punishment that symbolizes a crime that was oncecommitted

What is Dante's law of symbolic retribution in Dante's Inferno

Anallegory, such as Dante’s The Inferno, is a book or poem told both asymbolic and literal level. In Dante’s The Inferno, the allegoricalconcept of the symbolic retribution of God’s punishment is present throughoutDante’s journey. Three examples of such punishment are shown in Circles II,III, and VI.