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Inferno

In the Inferno, by Dante Alighieri he discusses the different stages of hell, he starts off with the least harmful sinners, which are the opportunities and end with the worst sinners of all the fraudulent. Somewhere in between the least harmful sinners and the worst sinners of all is where Francesca da Rimini and Count Ugolino were found. Dante acts very differently to each of these people when he sees them. Dante acts differently to each person because he sympathizes with Francesca so he treats her with somewhat respect, but when he see Ugolino he does not feel any sympathy for him because of what he did when he was on earth. Dante meets Francesca in Canto 5, which contains the Carnal, their punishment is to never feel hope. This is one of the most touching cantos in the book; it tells a story of how Francesca fell in love with another man and was killed because of it. I believe that Dante did not believe that the lustful sinners were that bad, because people do not have control over whom they fall in love with. However, it is obvious that Dante did feel that the lustful sinners did belong in hell, because even though you cannot help whom you fall in love with you can control the way you act toward that specific person. When Dante saw Francesca there you knew that he truly felt sympathy for her when he said “ What you suffer here melts me to tears of pity and of pain” (5.61). This shows that he feels sorry for her and he does not totally blame her for what she did. Dante meets Ugolino in canto 33, treacherous to country, one of the worst parts of hell. The punishment here is to spend eternity in ice up to their necks, depending on how bad their sins were was much higher the ice came, and their tears froze their eye lids shut. I feel that when Dante meets Ugolino it is one of the most graphic and dramatic cantos in this book. When Dante meets Ugolino he is gnawing at Archbishop Ruggieri. Ruggieri was once Ugolino all...

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