The Between Sin And Purity

1629 WordsJun 21, 20167 Pages
The organization of Inferno is categorized by the escalation of crimes, from failure of the will, to transgressions of the mind; better described as the uncontrollable versus the sins you knowingly commit. Canto V of Inferno is the most memorable, and erotic, Canto throughout the Divine Comedy. In this Canto, the reader witnesses the integration of sin with purity, symbolizing the duality of human nature. The allegorizations represent a duality in mankind’s freedom of choice; the choice to live a pure life or to commit sin. According to Dante a soul has the ability to intellectually reason. This ability means that each human is responsible for their own actions and choices as they might reason to control their natural appetites that lead to a sinful existence. The starving of one’s lustful appetite is connected to the ritualistic fasting, Lent, that Christians undertake in order to absolve themselves of sin and thus seek a closer intimacy with God. There is heavy symbolism in Dante’s portrayal of Paolo and Francesca which reveals the dichotomy between sin and purity that exists in Canto V. Imagery plays a crucial role when it comes to seeing the duality of the second circle. The laws of contrapasso creates a parallel of crimes one committed in life to match the nature of punishment found in death. The atmosphere of the second circle is designed to be the punishment for those who choose their emotion over reason. Like how these sinners acted on lust, renouncing the reason
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