Dante's Inferno paper

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Davidson 1 Katie Davidson LCDR Bushnell HE217 5 December 2010 TITLE John Freccero’s The Portrait of Francesca is an in depth analysis of Dante’s first infernal character in The Inferno. Freccero’s delves deep into the text to analyze “love’s secular martyr,” and he argues that Francesca’s sin came because of the mimicry of someone else’s story (Freccero 10). In the analysis of Canto V, the author studies the dove simile, courtly love, the repetition of love three times in Francesca’s speech, and the influence of Lancelot du Lac on the spontaneity of love. Freccero comments heavily on the notion that the Francesca mistakes love for Paolo with love for herself. The story of Lancelot acts as her mirror, “in which, if she can persuade herself that her poor lover is a Lancelot, she can be the ‘virtual’ Queen of Camelot, the fairest of them all” (Freccero 32). It is Francesca’s delusion that ultimately leads to her demise. The article stresses the reading of romantic literature as a major player in Francesca’s
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Unformatted text preview: downfall in a way previously unnoticed by the reader. According to Freccero’s analysis, the passion elicited through reading was a “casting call for one more performance of Lancelot du Lac, in which…Paolo [is] a colorless stand-in for the greatest lover of the realm” (Freccero 32). Francesca’s reading is central to the major illusion with which she deludes herself. Her convoluted telling of Guinevere’s kiss brings the reader to the tense separation of romance and reality. Francesca blurs “gap separating the erotic fantasies of literature from their sometimes awkward re-enactment in real life,” and her fantasy of role-playing eventually ends her life and Davidson 2 condemns her to Hell. Francesca, infected by her reading, essentially worships an idol and the cult of romantic love. Francesca’s misguidance due to literature...
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