Canto's Suicide Essay

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Canto XIII dramatizes the conflict between Dante and the concept of suicide. The Canto makes it clear that committing suicide is not something one should not do, due to the punishment one receives from employing in the act. Dante is giving off a character that is weak at heart. Virgil avoids telling Dante about what they are about to see entering the second round of the seventh circle. He does this in order to prevent Dante from freaking out like he did in previous Cantos. Virgil shows his skills of being a great master through his look out for Dante. The mention of Pier delle Vigne suggests that the intended audience must be from Italy since delle Vigne served for Frederick II, the Holy Roman Emperor, before committing suicide. Delle Vigne’s story about his neglect from Frederick’s people “choked” Dante’s heart, adding to emotional character. The punishment is brought to life when Dante breaks off the branch form one of the trees in the forest of suicides. The sadness in this is that the sinner must feel pain before they can speak but pain is the reason the sinners let…show more content…
The use of the number three signifies the influence the Holy Trinity had on Dante the poet. The Cantos may all be about a journey through hell but the message is to avoid having to go through hell by not perpetrating any sin, such as suicide, that is found on the trip. There are some instances where the syntax is arranged in an unfamiliar feeling but the reason for it is to add the rhyming effect of the terza rima. “Through every strife/ I was so faithful to my glorious office / that for it I gave up both sleep and life” (Canto XIII, 61-63). The formal way to write this line would be “Through every strife I was so faithful to my glorious office that I gave up both sleep and life for it.” The end rhyme is lost and so is the importance of how conflict didn’t get in the way of giving up his, delle Vigne, life for his

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