The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

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The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy, Purgatory Dante's The Divine Comedy section of Purgatory is a depiction of Dante and his struggle to reach paradise. He is a character as well as a narrator. The purgatory section deals with the seven deadly sins and Dante's task of cleansing himself on his journey to heaven. He confronts many different people on his journey to self-righteousness, which help and guide him to his destiny. Accompanied by Virgil or reason as he is depicted, his quest is a hard journey with many answers to be found. Dante was born in May 1265 and lived his early life at a time of change and of great economic and cultural expansion in Florence (Kirkpatrick 2). The poet was critically aware of developments in Florentine poetry and painting (2). He also had an eye for the political scene as well. He was elected several times to one of the six priors that governed his republic. Dante had left the city for a short time when a revolt took place between the Black's and the Whites. Dante was exiled and sentenced to death for corruption. Little is known about Dante's personal life or family life. His mother died early in his childhood and his father died shortly after remarrying again in 1285 (Grandgent 2). He gained a half brother and half sister out of this marriage, but little is known of them either (2). There was possibly another sister but if she was from the first or second marriage, we do not know. Around 1277 Dante's father arranged Dante's marriage to Gemma, daughter of Manetto Donati. The approximate date of marriage is around 1283, but again not for certain. Dante had three children, two sons and a daughter who became a nun and changed her name to Beatrice (Foster 12 ). A... ... middle of paper ... ...can look at greed or lust to cause someone to steal. The people Dante met along the way had influenced his life in some way or another. Each of the people met had a story which seemed to tell of one segment of Dante's life. Dante's struggle for freedom in Purgatory is finalized when he is introduced into Paradise. He has overcome all the seven deadly sins and confronted all adversities on his way to holiness. Dante's life truly inspired The Divine Comedy into one of the classic poetic stories of the 14th century. The Purgatory section of The Divine Comedy is by far the most intriguing of the three in its attempt to relate to the seven deadly sins that to this day confront society. One has to wonder if Dante knows something about death and what is to come of us. Dante died over 600 years ago but his knowledge lives on in philosophy and reworks of The Divine Comedy.
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