Dante : A Dark World By Giving Details Of The Afterlife

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Dante takes his readers to a dark world by giving details of the afterlife. He relates the characters to the reader and shows the sins these characters committed. Along with a summary of Inferno, Francesca and Paolo will be discussed. They both appear in Canto V, in the Second Circle of Hell which is saved for the lustful. This sin stood out because it can be more related to most people—then and now. According to the Bible, God states in 1 Peter 2: 11-12, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul… they speak against you as evildoers… glorify God in the day of visitation.” Whether Francesca and Paolo’s sin is just or not is ultimately God’s decision. “Midway along the journey of our life/ I woke to find myself in a dark wood, / for I had wandered off from the straight path” (1600). With these words, Dante opens the narrative and brings the reader in to see the point of view that he is lost. Dante is trying to connect with the reader that it is not just his life but the reader’s life himself that has gotten off the “straight path” and need to rediscover their own goal. He uses this connection time and time again within the narrative as he travels into the underworld and into the realms of the afterlife. He writes so the reader will have this connection to him and the feelings he is experiencing within this painful yet joyful journey. As Dante is traveling through a dark wood, he loses his path

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