Dante's Inferno Canto 5 Summary and Analysis

Dante Alighieri

Canto 5 Summary and Analysis

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Minos: Legendary King of Crete who occupies the threshold of the Second Circle and assigns places to the damned

Those Guilty of the Sin of Lust: Include Lancelot, Cleopatra, Achilles

Francesca and Paolo: Adulterous couple killed by Francesca’s husband, Gianciotto da Verruchio

As Dante descends from the First Circle, he finds that the Second Circle holds greater woe. As he goes further down into Hell, he finds those guilty of the sin of lust. The threshold to the Second Circle is guarded by Minos; each person who enters must confess to Minos, who decides their fate. The place is dark and...

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