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antonioanthon... | (Level 1) eNoter

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One of Dante’s challenges as a poet is to deal with the intersection of the living man, Dante, and the dead souls he encounters. Give an example of this physical interaction and show how the poet handles it.

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currerbell | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted May 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM (Answer #1)

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One of Dante's great challenges comes after he has seen the "Lustful" circle, wherein he encounters the lovers Francesca and Paolo. These two young people had fallen in love, despite the fact that Francesca was married, and acted on their impulses. The pair were murdered by Francesca's husband, who had discovered their transgression. For their sin, the pair are condemned to hell's second circle.

Dante has a hard time accepting their fate and feels so much pity for the lover's that he faints. He has to come to terms with the sin that has been willfully committed when he returns to the world. 

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