In Canto V by Dante you meet Minos who is like the guardian of hell you could say and he is judging he goes on to talk about a girl named Francesca who has cheated on her husband she was so founded with this other man that they acted from one of the stories of Launcelot and Guinevere that is the reason why she blames for how she sinned. Francesca feels that her destiny was already set and that her and Paolo were meant to be together so it doesnt matter if they are on earth heaven or hell as long as there souls are with each other then they are happy. Minos seems shocked and surprised by this but there is nothing he can do for them. Francesca knows that she can not redue what has been done all she can do is learn from her mistakes.
Francesca speaks - Paolo is silent.
"Love, which is quickly kindled in a gentle heart" From a gens, a noble family. Only members of the aristocracy could experience true love. Peasants only deal with lust. Gentlemen and ladies deal with courtly love.
Dante’s Paolo and Francesca and the power of emotional narrative ..
In Canto V we get to know Francesca and her brother in law Paolo, two lost souls whirling around in the lost space known as hell. Francesca and Paolo tells Dante about the story of her husband finding her with his brother, and killing them both - They were therefore known as ruthless sinners. These two doomed souls believed that their faith had already been determined early on, so there was no need to feel guilty or beg for forgiveness. Time after time Dante got surprised, seeing how glad and happy Francesca and Paolo seemed to be about the situation; but they later on explained to him that it didn't matter that they ended up as two lost souls in hell, because as long as they were two lost souls whirling together around in hell, it would all be okay in the end. I believe that the blame placed on Francesca and Paolo was right, and there was not situation that would excuse them from their sins. You cannot blame anyone else for your mistakes, than yourself. Blaming their sins on literary figures, does in fact not excuse them from their actions and life choices.
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So in Canto V Dante finds people that have commited the sins of audultery. For example, Francesco commited adultery with her lover, (that was not her husband) because she was reading about the tales of Sir Lancealot and Arthur's wife, taking that into heart she willingly cheated on her husband with him. She feels that it is fine because her and her lover are both trapped in damnation together. She is taking her sin and looking at the silver lining thus defeating the purpose of her punishment in a form. Now the actions comitted by Francesco are more than worthy of punishment because she participated in sexual immorality. Her excuse is that because Sir Lancealot did it that it was ok. The funny point to this issue is she did not finish the book and got quick into the bed. She would have found that it was not good to comit such a sin of lust. Stated as lust due to that she only slept with him for his looks mostly. Thus maginifing the sin of it. So undoubtably she is recieving a just punishment.
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Paolo and Franscesca. This vision is based on the historical account of Francesca, who was wedded in or around 1275 to Giovanni Malatesta, known as "Giovanni the Lame." The marriage was arranged by her parents, and she felt no attraction toward him. Instead, she fell in love with his brother Paolo. When Giovanni found out, he killed them both. Then they went to hell, where Dante sees them blown by the winds of lust.
But I am left scratching my head
Rodin chose the beautiful Camille Claudel as the model for Francesca. She also became the Rodin's student and lover. She was an artistic genius in her own right, but she descended into madness, accused Rodin of plotting to kill her and steal her ideas, and began destroying her works. Rodin made several copies of the statue; in 1900 he made one for Edward Perry Warren, a rich gay man who wanted his Paolo to be anatomically correct. The sculpture was so controversial that it spent several years behind drapes so that local students and soldiers passing through town on their way to WWI would not be incited to lust. Ancient Greeks and Romans (along with the priest from ) counseled moderation in affairs of the heart; neither too little nor too much. Excessive love was a νόσος, a disease.