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Unformatted text preview: Gregg Irving Italian Studies 30 Second Paper Assignment 4/4/07 Prayer and the State of the City-State The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri depicts the journey of the literary character Dante through Hell ( Inferno ), Purgatory ( Purgatorio ), and Heaven ( Paradiso ) en route to cleansing his soul. As the poem unfolds, certain parallels can be made between the canticles. In the case of Inferno 16 and Purgatorio 6, comparisons can be made between the cantos as both contain sinners requesting the prayers of the living and Dante denouncing the state of Florence. In both cantos, the sinners ask Dante to have the living pray for them in hopes of gaining grace with God. Iacopo Rusticucci, a Florentine man traveling with other sodomites through the Seventh Circle of Hell, tells Dante: If you escape these dark places [Hell] and go / back to see the beautiful stars / see that you speak of us to people, Inferno 16.82-85. Rusticucci is asking Dante to speak of him in hopes of stirring the prayers of the living. Similarly, in Purgatorio , Dante leaves a group of sinners, purging their souls for their late repentance to God, as they beg of him to, have...
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