In to lust when one begins to act upon

            In Dante’s Inferno, contrapasso is one of the few rules
that “applies to hell, stating that for every sinner’s crime there must be an
equal and fitting punishment” (Kameen). The second circle appears to be an
introduction of Hell, along with the punishments that sinners receive. Dante
explains how he “came to a place where no light shone at all,” (Canto V 28)
where the darkness alludes to a time where feelings of desire and lust occur. Dante
explores the relationship between love and lust in Canto V, where those who “sin
in lust have been condemned, / those who make reason slave to appetite” (Canto
V 38-39). According to Dante, love turns to lust when one begins to act upon
their impure desires. The sinners are tossed and whirled by strong winds, which
symbolizes the power of lust to blow one about needlessly and aimlessly by
their passion and desires. The sinners in the second circle did not control
their desires and lust in their previous lives, and here they are not in
control of themselves as the winds decide where to blow them around in the
circle. The winds depict the message that those blown aimlessly in the winds
are prevented from finding peace and rest in the afterlife. According to the
poet Robert Pinsky, Inferno is a book
about the sadness of sin, and one can see that the punishments of those who
sinned, or experienced a moment of being “un-made,” represent the sadness of
the acts committed.