Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Kind of extending from my last post... I hope everyone has seen the movie "Se7en," starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Spacey, and if you haven't, you're missing out. In the film, a serial killer (Spacey) punishes someone guilty of committing one of the 7 deadly sins by murdering them and it is up to two cops (Pitt and Freeman) to put an end to this. I wanted to point out the differences in the punishments between the movie and Inferno

Seven: (the sins are listed in order of appearance)
(I haven't seen the movie in a while so all of of these descriptions are from Wikipedia)
1. Gluttony: an obese man is tied to a chair and forced to eat food and his own vomit until his stomach explodes
2. Avarice: a pound of flesh is removed from a rich attorney and he is forced to bleed to death
3. Sloth: an emaciated man is strapped to a bed and is forced to remain immobile (he is barely kept alive via intravenous drugs,) which causes him to go insane
4. Lust: a prostitute is raped and killed by a man wearing a bladed S&M device
5. Pride: a model's nose is cut off
6. Envy: the murderer (Spacey) envies one of the cop's (Pitt) lives and so he kills Pitt's wife since he could not have her
7. Wrath: revealed when envy is revealed--Pitt gets so angry that he shoots Spacey (which is exactly what Spacey wants him to do to complete his work...this movie is seriously so twisted, but so amazing)
Wrath (unlike Inferno) and Envy (like Inferno) are not directly accounted for until the end of the film. 

Dante's Inferno:
(These descriptions are found in the text or italicized summary paragraphs)
1. Lust: the lustful forever whirled about in a dark, stormy wind
2. Gluttony: gluttons are mired in filthy muck and are eternally battered by cold and dirty hail, rain, and snow
3. Avarice: the prodigal and the miserly clash huge rolling weights against each other with their chests while arguing that the other is wrong when it comes to managing money
4. Wrath: the wrathful constantly tear and mangle each other
5. Sloth: the sluggish are submerged in black muck, forever choking 
6. Envy: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
7. Pride: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Which punishments would you rather endure? Those from Seven or those from Dante's Inferno?


Madison Cummings said...
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Madison Cummings said...

I must admit I have never actually seen the movie "Se7en" but I guess I would rather the punishments from that movie vs. the punishments in Dante's Inferno, but only because those would be short-lived compared to those in Dante's Inferno where you suffer eternally. Although if that was not the case, and the punishments from "Se7en" were to repeat eternally as well, I would surely choose the punishments from Dante's Inferno. The ones in the movie seem much more painful and gory, which could have something to do with the fact that it is not only your soul suffering, but your body as well. The souls in Dante's Inferno have not yet been reunited with their bodies. Another reason why I would prefer to be a victim in the movie, rather than a victim in Hell, would be the fact that you could have the hope of meeting God once you die, or at least hope for the pain to end. In Hell your fate is set in place, and there is really no escaping it unless you are in purgatory.

madison kahn said...

I totally agree with what you said about choosing the movie because they are temporary, but I think it's kind of weird to think about because according to Dante, all the victims in the movie would end up going to hell. (Except maybs for the prideful and envious, as Abbey points out). So, the people in the movie would have to suffer these earthly punishments along with the eternal punishments in hell.

Another thing I was thinking about is the fact that this serial killer in the movie is extremely hypocritical. He's KILLING these people for comitting sins, which should be considered a sin of its own. On top of that this guy then goes and commits one of the seven deadly sins himsslf (envy).

I've never seen it either, but this movie really is twisted @abbey

Jack Zheng said...

Se7en was a great movie. Surely, an eternity in hell suffering the same punishment would be worse than being murdered and having the chance of salvation, if you do believe in God and heaven. The movie is seriously twisted and keeps building up suspense until the very end (unless of course you read Abbey's post before watching it). The descriptions in this blog post don't represent scenes of a movie very well, and I hope anyone reading this doesn't mind spoilers because I hate spoilers myself.