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Within Dantes Inferno Francesca and Paolo appear in Canto V This canto stands out amongst other verses as both and example of Dantes writing characterization and also for demonstrating the deep allegory surrounding the work and the nature of sin Francesca Da Rimini was the daughter of Guido Vecchio da Polenta lord of Ravenna and Paolo Malatesta the third son of Malatesta da Verrucchio lord of Rimini Around 1275 the aristocratic Francesca was married for political reasons to Gianciotto the physically deformed second son Malatesta da Verrucchio In time a love affair developed between Francesca and Gianciottos younger brother Paolo One day the betrayed husband discovered them in an amorous embrace and slew them both The actual canto itself is not presented here but this link will provide a translation Below is a description of what happens in this part of the poem Amongst the text are several artist impressions of Francesca and Paolo I would truly recommend investigating this canto as it displays the very essence of the Inferno The fifth canto can be divided into two equal parts with a transitional tercet The first part concerns Minos and his activities the band of souls being punished in the wind for their lust and certain shades of royal figures seen in a formation that resembles that of flying cranes The Pilgrim has learned evidently from Virgil the function of Minos and he will learn from him the type of sin being punished the form of the punishment and the names of many of those who are here Chiefly Virgil is trying to teach the Pilgrim three lessons in the first part of this canto and each is concerned with the nature of lust - a heinous sin even if it is the least of those punished in Hell The first lesson should come from the sight of Minos exercising his function
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