Equal Punishment In Dante's Inferno

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Since Francesca and Paolo engaged in a love affair upon their death they were sentenced to hell. When they received their judgement, they were sent to circle 2, the lustful. They were sentenced here because the both of them committed a sin through their love affair. Then upon speaking to Francesca she tells him about what she went through while she was alive and living her life with her husband. While speaking, she continues to shift blame on to others and not herself but she also speaks of how love is what drove her to this extent. “Love who no loved one pardons love’s requite, seized me for him so strongly in delight that, as you see, he does not leave me yet. Love drew us onwards to consuming death (Inf. V, 103-106). She argues that her …show more content…
By the end of Francesca’s story, what really moved Dante was all which the both had endured. Out of pity, Dante even fainted, at the end of the canto and compared his falling to as falling for death. As Dante mentioned before, each sin deserves an equal punishment but as we noticed before when Dante first starts his journey he tends to feel pity for the souls and as they get further along in hell it doesn’t affect him anymore. If Dante knew that all these souls committed sins in their life leading them to send their afterlife in hell, why make himself and the reader feel pity for the souls. In canto V with Dante taking his time it then permits Francesca the opportunity to genuinely tell her story in whole. At the time of Francesca and Paolo’s existence it might have been the current knowledge of their affair, there is no real document to prove any of Francesca’s story. Dante’s poem would be considered as the only …show more content…
Through thos canto Dante gets to meet souls who were branded as traitors against their country and political party. Dante comes across Ugolino here because he was a traitor to both but the most speculated part of this canto is in which way Dante meets Ugolino. Ugolino is shown gnawing at Archbishop Ruggieri’s brain. In the Canto he gets to expain how the Archbishop had betrayed him, and left him and his sons to die. After enduring this pain, Ugolino explains how he began gnawing at his hand in the cell from the anxiety but after realized it was really from hunger. His sons could not bear to see him like this and offered their bodies as a source of food leaving him speechless. After sometime both of his sons had passed away and he finishes with these words saying “‘Then hunger proved a greater power than grief’” (Inf. XXXIII, 75). This suggesting that Ugolino perhaps had accepted his children’s death and seems that once again if he did consume them he was selfish. Although it is true that he did not have food or much of a choice, Ugolino could have considered the fact that these are his children and ultimately, he would accept his fate of death as

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