In Dante's "Inferno," why does Francesca's heart still hurt and ache?

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gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Francesca's heart still aches because she is still experiencing the sin, but now with full understanding of its meaning and importance. Those emotions—and her clinging to them-- are part of the punishment. This shows how sinners cling to their sin, and how rarely they change, even in hell.