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Dante Inferno Canto V

The 2nd Circle of Hell: Lust
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Kelley Perkinson

on 15 November 2012

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Transcript of Dante Inferno Canto V

The Second Circle of Hell Dante's Inferno The Lustful Epic Similes of the imagination Souls in the Whirlwinds Symbolic Retribution Dante feels pity. Through the Eyes of Dante the Pilgrim "And just like cranes in flight, chanting their lays, stretching an endless line in their formation, I saw approaching, crying their laments, spirits carried along by the battling winds." The sinners in this circle have lost their morals and live in a carnal state of lust. Cleopatra - incestuous love; suicidal.
Paris/Helen - Affair between the two.
Semiramis - Marriage to father.
Tristan/Isolt - Tristan had an affair with his aunt Isolt
Francesca/Paolo - Affair between the wife of Gianciotto and his brother. 2nd Circle and Its Creatures Surroundings: Whirlwinds and storms blow about the spirits in an endless tornado of misery.

Creatures: Minos the monster judges all the spirits and decides which level of hell they belong. His long tail wraps around each sinner a certain amount of times corresponding with the level of Hell they're sent to. He's "grotesque" and "snarls" at spirits (4).
Minos is symbolic of the sinner's conscience because just
as souls are eager to confess their sins, they're
also eager to gain a clear conscience. Minos places
the soul in a circle where their conscience can
rest because the consequence aligns with the
sin. When the sinners gave into their whirlwinds of passion and moments of weakness on earth, their punishment in hell was being swept in blasts of wind forever. Their desires were unobtainable and , in Francesca's situation, she was stuck with what she had desired initially, but now despised. Francesca's story leaves Dante upset by their misery. He's distracted by her charm and forgets the magnitude of her sin.

Dante is concerned about the people and their history that ended them in this level of hell. In response to Dante's concerns, Virgil explains all of the sinners of this level and their past. Virgil understands that their bad choices landed them here and they must deal with the consequences. Just as birds fly together against the winds of nature, the spirits fly together against the winds of hell. Imagery " I came to a place where non light shone at all, bellowing like the sea racked by a tempest, when warring winds attack it from both sides." This passage describes the whirlwinds which punish the souls for all eternity. It evokes fear because of the intense word choice. Quote "Love led us straight to sudden death together". Dante's weakness...ooohh... At the end of Canto V, after speaking with Francesca and Paolo, Dante becomes so overwhelmed with their story that he faints on the ground...again. Earlier (in Canto III), Dante fainted after an earthquake hit and fire exploded. He was afraid. In this Canto however, Dante felt so much pity for the two lovers that committed their sin after reading a lustful love story that he fell down cold. Dante the Poet also could have been feeling guilty. He had been feeling lustful for Beatrice on earth and although the story of hell and its' levels was just his writing, it could symbolize his true fears about his judgment after death. Only 1 relevent Figure? Okay... Hugh Hefner errybody! Hugh Hefner is the founder of the Playboy Magazine. He began his life as a hard working man with a wife and two children. However, after a refusal of a 5$ raise, he quite his job as a journalist and began his own company selling his new magazine. He slowly, but surely, found beautiful women and became a famous, lustful man. Now, after 50 years of his influence on the public, society has changed and evolved into a more lustful and unmoral world. Modern References Today's media is filled with lustful references. For example, MTV's show, Jersey Shore is all about a group of people who live a worldly life and openly express lust. According to Dante, each of their souls is damned to the second level of Hell. Bibliography Works cited: Thanks to these wonderful resources for help on this project. Alighieri, Dante. Inferno. Trans. Mark Musa. Vol. 1. New York: Penguin, 1984. Print. The Divine Comedy.
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