Canto 5 Dantes Inferno Analysis Essay

Study Questions
1. Why does Francesca’s heart still hurt and ache?

2. How does Dante react to Francesca’s tale?

3. What does Francesca say is the greatest sadness in this place?

4. What is the punishment in this Second Circle?

5. What caused Francesca to commit the sin of lust with Paolo?

6. How did Francesca die?

7. Why does Dante not tell the reader of the trip from Circle One to Circle Two and from Circle Two to Circle Three?

8. What does Minos do?

9. In Canto III and in Canto V Dante refers to will and power being one. Where is this place where will and power are one?

10. What does it mean when Dante says that he is grieved by the way in which the murder of Francesca and Paolo came about?

1. Francesca’s husband murdered her without her having a chance to repent; she will be punished eternally. She will continue to remember the love.

2. Dante cries and swoons with pity at Francesca’s tale.

3. The greatest sadness is to remember the happy times.

4. The punishment in the Second Circle is to drift in the wind and to continue to remember the sin; there is no peace or redemption.

5. Francesca and Paolo were reading of Sir Lancelot and Guinevere when they, too, yielded to sin.

6. Francesca and Paolo were murdered by Francesca’s husband Gianciotto da Verruchio when he found them.

7. Dante swoons when he makes the trip from Circle One to Circle Two and when he makes the trip from Circle Two to Circle Three.

8. Minos admits people to Hell. He listens to their confessions and then assigns a place in Hell to them.

9. Will and power are one in Heaven.

10. The “way in which it all came about” is a quotation from The Inferno which may refer to the way in which Gianciotto da Verruchio killed Paolo and Francesca. It may also be a reference to the fact that they were killed without a chance to confess their sins and seek forgiveness.

Dante's Inferno Canto V Analysis Essay

801 WordsDec 7th, 20054 Pages

Barbara Leon
Humanities 2
Canto V Analysis

Canto V Analysis
Dante and Virgil have just left limbo, the first circle of hell, and are now on their way into the second circle of hell, where hell really begins. It is here that Dante first witnesses the punishment brought upon the sinners. They encounter Minos, the beast-judge who blocks the way into the second circle. He examines each soul as they pass through and determines which circle of hell they must go to by winding his tail around himself. Minos warns Dante of passing through but Virgil silences him. Dante encounters a dark place completely sucked of any light and filled with noises more horrible than a tempest and sees the souls being whirled around in a…show more content…

TONE This Canto describes the first real level of hell. The canto is very poetic and makes use of many similes, metaphors, and adjectives. There is also no shortage of hyperboles. The canto begins by describing the qualities of the second circle by describing the "voice of the damned rose in a bestial moan," (v 3) referring to the damned rose as those lovers driven by passion who were condemned for their acts of adultery.
In verse 25, Dante describes the choir of anguish to be "like a wound" with a simile. Next, by using a metaphor, he describes the fate of the adulterous sinners and their punishment as being battered eternally by the winds and storms of hell, as they were figuratively battered by the winds of passion in their lives on earth. He describes with a simile how "as cranes go over sounding their harsh cry, / leaving the long streak of their flight in air, / so come spirits, wailing as they fly" (v 46-48). Finally, he makes use of another simile to iterate how after Francesca tells of her tale of love, Dante faints and falls, "as a corpse might fall, to the dead floor of hell" (v 140).

IMAGERY This canto begins to delve into the more sublime, dark, and mysterious. Words like, "moaning," "screeching," and "lamenting" give this canto a sad and depressed feeling. Spatially, I can imagine a dark, black whole type of place that seems like a vacuum. A lot of the words refer to dark colors and describe the

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