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What are the punishments for the sins in the 7th circle?Specifically, the sinners in...

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runner1399 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 17, 2010 at 8:33 AM via web

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What are the punishments for the sins in the 7th circle?

Specifically, the sinners in the third ring, and the suicides. I understand that they are on a bed of burning sand or trapped in a tree, but what makes each different?

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lnichenko | Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 17, 2010 at 2:35 PM (Answer #1)

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In the 7th circle of Dante's Inferno, you will find the violent. The circle has three rings for three levels of sin. The first ring is for those who commit violence against people and property. They are immersed in a river of boiling blood. The centaurs shoot arrows at those who try to escape. In the second ring dwell those who have commited violence against self - specifically suicide. These souls are transformed into bushes and trees, gnarled and thorny, fed upon by the Harpies for all time. They will not know the resurrection of the body. The final ring is for the most egregious sin, violence against God and nature. These sinners reside in a desert of flaming sand with fire raining down around them.

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