Francesca Analysis

Jason Liu & Peter Lin
English 11
Ms. Wan
Sep 28 2014
                          Francesca da Rimini in The Divine Comedy
In order to better understand Francesca’s role in The Divine Comedy, it is necessary to first understand her backstory and how Dante is able to identify her. In many ways those who are personally identified by Dante in the Inferno are there for specific reasons. Each fallen character plays the role of shedding light on a specific human emotion or vice that acts as a pitfall. Francesca’s pitfall was lust, and thus she is condemned to be blown around for all eternity in the gusts of the second circle of the Inferno. This symbolizes how the passions in life blew the condemned whichever way they went, no matter the cost to those who they hurt. In her vivid interpretation, Francesca remains inexpiate to her infamous acts and even absolves herself from responsibility of sin of lust in a stern and regretless tone.
Francesca is not repentant for her action while alive on Earth which is interesting side note. The love that she speaks of effects Dante so much because in a sense regretless tone about her adultery. She regards her trespass with Paolo as “past happiness” and this memory crave in her soul. It is meaningful because it is “no greater pain than to remember”(121). Her words elaborates all the details that how the others transgressed. She arouses Dante’s empathy by convincing him that she is the victim of the affair. The book she read, Paolo and Lancelot become the target what she blame-shifting with. She is compelled to commit this sin. For the reason that “that this one (who shall never leave my side)” is initiative and “then kissed my mouth”(136). She manipulate her “vulnerability” and “femine character” to evince that her action is involuntary. Furthermore, it is interesting when she uses “Galehot” as analogy to describe the book in a way to debase it. In Spanish, galeoto is an archaic word for a pimp. She uses it as an...