Inferno - Revision Kristin Holzhauer Honors English 5 Dr....

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Revision Kristin Holzhauer Honors English 5 Dr. Duffy 4 December 2007 The Wrathful and Sullen: Opposite but Equal Sinners’ punishments are constructed to correspond with their sins committed on earth. The Wrathful are waging war against one another on the bank of the Styx, while the Sullen spend eternity alone and joyless in the muck of the stagnant river. Negative voice identifies deeper progression into Hell and illustrates the balanced action of the sinners’ sentences: God’s justice is objective and inexorable. Word choice and appropriate literary devices vividly paint pictures of the Underworld and the sinners’ fates. Many short words used at once illustrate the riverbank’s violence versus the thick diction that resembles the stew-like river. Although the punishments of the Wrathful and Sullen are opposite, they are united by a similar theme: balanced retribution. Dante brilliantly conveys this message though astute use of speech. The Wrathful and Sullen are tied together through language. Voice and action become more powerful as Virgil and Dante progress deeper into Hell. Punishment grows harsher and Dante loses sympathy for the afflicted. Dante describes his arrival
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGL 5 taught by Professor Duffy during the Spring '08 term at Marquette.

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