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Here in the Fourth Ring of the Ninth Circle of Hell, at the utter bottom, Dante  comes to the end of his hierarchy of sins and thus completes the catalogue of  evil that dominates and defines  Inferno . Although  Inferno  explores most explicitly  the theme of divine retribution and justice, the poem's unrelenting descriptions,  categorizations, and analysis of sin makes human evil its fundamental subject.  The positioning of fraud as the worst of sins helps us to define evil: fraud, more  than any other crime, acts contrary to God's greatest gift to mankind—love. A  deed's degree of wickedness thus depends on the degree to which it opposes  love.  So-called ordinary fraud only breaks the natural bonds of trust and love that  form between men; other categories of fraud reach an even greater depth of evil  because they break an additional bond of love. Of these, frauds against kin, 
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2010 for the course LITERATURA ? taught by Professor Naddi? during the Spring '09 term at Università degli Studi di Firenze.

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