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Notes_2,18,08 - Notes Characterizations of move from...

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Notes 2-18-2008 Characterizations of move from purgatory to paradise o More abstract from hell to heaven Speaker left speechless when trying to describe things in paradise Ex: p.281(purg.) – sensation about feelings not words P. 283(purg.) and p.31(parad.) are examples too Explanation for shift to be more abstract the loss of Virgil and his ability to explain things to Dante used as a device to distinguish paradise from purgatory and hell o Why divide heaven into different levels? Degrees of righteousness which can only be understood through visual image of having different levels in paradise P.31-33 (parad.) o Why put ancestor in Heaven? Emphasize past to match emphasis on future How past is related to how future unfolds Highlights difference between people in hell and people in heaven Hell cant see present but heaven can see everything at once Device of writing at a time when he can look forwards in the text to the present that he
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