Does The Punishment Fit The Crime

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Elizabeth Mitchell Mrs. Smith 10th Grade World Literature December 1, 2011
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Some people do not always agree with the law. When a law is broken, only a certain group of people have a say in what the punishment of the crime will be. In Dante’s, The Inferno, Dante places certain people in levels of hell depending on the crime they committed. Murder is a crime that deserves a harsh punishment. Dante places murderers in the seventh level of hell. Within the seventh level of hell, there are three rounds. They are for murder but against different things. Their punishment is that they are submerged in a river of blood, and if they try to escape they are shot down with arrows (Alighieri). Murderers take the lives of others and leave families to mourn the loss of the deceased. The punishment for murder in The Inferno fits the crime. In 2010, the United States had 14,748 deaths (“United States Crime Rates 1960-2010”). People already die of natural deaths and accidents; therefore people should not go and kill others. Violence against people, themselves, nature, art or God is all murder, which falls in the same level just within the different rounds. Throughout each round, the punishment is different depending on what the crime was. A punishment is also given to the ones who hurt themselves. The pain endured by people who feel like others do not care about them is crucial. Dante places the people who harm themselves, also known as souls of the suicide in the seventh level. The souls are encased in thorny trees whose leaves are eaten by the Harpies (Alighieri). The Harpies, which are creatures that feed upon the souls of the suicide, damage their leaves and limbs. When they pull at their bark, the wounds start to bleed (Alighieri). The punishment for the suicides fits the crime because God makes every person a certain way. He has a plan for us and knows that life will

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