Symbolic Retribution

What are some examples of symbolic retribution in Dante's The Inferno?

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Dante is very clever! All of his punishments correspond directly to the sin. For example, Lucifer, the greater sinner of all, is in the lowest level of hell, where he sits stuck in a frozen lake. The lake is frozen because his large wings constantly blow cold air, keeping it perpetually cold. Dante gives Lucifer three heads, which is a twist of the Christian Divine Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit), each of which eat three of the most well-known traitors from history-- Brutus and Cassius (betrayed Caesar), and Judus the Iscariot (betrayed Christ). With this...

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