Virgil in "Inferno" and "Purgatorio". Analytical Essay by Sach

Virgil in "Inferno" and "Purgatorio".
An examination of the role of Virgil in Dante's "Inferno" and "Purgatorio".
# 68351 | 1,283 words | 3 sources | APA | 2003 | FR
Published on Aug 15, 2006 in English (Analysis) , Literature (Italian)

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Throughout Dante's pilgrimage in Hell, Virgil was his guide. As he ascends to Purgatory Virgil's role changes. This paper looks at the changing role of Virgil as he accompanies Dante on his pilgrimage through the realms of Hell and Purgatory. It also examines the moral and theological reasons behind this.

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"Purgatorio is intended as the illuminative stage in the Divina Commedia however Dante's guide through Purgatorio is not as enlightening as he could be. Previously in the Inferno we had seen an authoritative Virgil hastily bring Dante down to the depths of Hell and back out again, scolding him now and again if he became distracted on his way. This contrasts greatly with the Virgil we see leading Dante on a climb up the Mount of Purgatory. Virgil is far less domineering on this path than he was in the Inferno, this time any dawdling is reprimanded by the angels, the guardians of Purgatorio, and whereas Dante had previously placed all his trust in Virgil to show him the way, he is far more tentative when it comes to Virgil's directions in Purgatorio, and he is within reason as on numerous occasions Dante's guide stops to ask someone for directions."

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