Paolo and Francesca are both noble sinners who are found in the section of Hell for lust. Francesca was supposed to wed Giovanni Malotesta who was the crippled brother of Paolo Malotesta. According to the footnotes, “Paolo was sent to make the pledge of betrothal, and Francesca, seeing him, was under the impression that it was her husband” (Hollander. 157.88). After meeting who Francesca thought was her husband, she fell in love with Paolo. When Francesca discovered that Paolo’s crippled brother, Giovanni, was her actual husband, she didn’t want to marry him. Enraged, Giovanni kills both Paolo and Francesca. In Hell, Paolo and Francesca are thrown around in a whirlwind and are stuck together for all of ete...
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...do did have attributes that seem punishment worthy, he doesn’t deserve to be engulfed in flames eternally. He tried to change his ways, but he couldn’t be freed from his past. Making an effort and trying to do the right thing should not end in eternal punishment for a mistake in the past.
The four sinners of Paolo and Francesca, Brunetto Latini, Pier delle Vigne, and Guido de Montefeltro do not deserve their punishments in Hell. The reasons of miscommunication, sexual orientation, committing suicide, and being tricked by a pope should not be the reasons why people are being tortured in hell. Most of these sinners have given back to their community and were seen as honorable before they died, but were still sent to hell. If these people were seen as some of the worst sinners, it makes one wonder how he/she would be perceived as and whether they’re Heaven worthy.
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