A Comparison of Cultural Differences Essay

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A Comparison of Cultural Differences



A comparison of the cultural differences between Fourteenth Century Florence and the
present as represented by Dante’s characters in hell. Throughout history many aspects of
life have changed between the modern day and the Fourteenth Century Florence. These
aspects are the political powers, power and freedom of religion, and family bonds; some of
these have been for the better while others have not. These three aspects are most
prevalent in Dante’s charters in hell. Every one of the souls in hell has at one time
gone against one of these powers, and that is the main reason they are in the city of Dis.

In the Fourteenth Century a multitude of political leaders were born into power because of
their extreme wealth. Therefore, they passed laws based on what they wanted rather than
what the people desired. The other offices were filled with friends and associates of the
king or leader. This closely parallels China, a communist government, which gives the
people few options in their lives. In the present day the political standings are more
people centered rather than money driven. The leaders are voted in by the people based on
their standing on a variety of issues. When they go to pass laws, they have to be
approved by a council of representatives, who are also chosen by the people. All other
offices are filled the same way that the leader is, elected based on their standings
regarding different issues. The souls in hell that represent the political side, the
Sowers of Political Discord “… shall be thrown from their ships into the sea and drown in
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