26Purg21to23W11 - PURGATORIO 22-24 1 Reading and Misreading...

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P URGATORIO 22-24 Reading and Misreading Avarice: Statius Gluttony: Forese, Bonagiunta 1
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C OMPETING DESIRES Dramatization of the lessons. Dante’s dilemma (21.103-117) 2
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D ESIRES AND EMPTY IMAGES Treating images as solid things Brother, don’t do it, because you are a shade and a shade is what you see Frate/ non far, ché tu se’ ombra e ombra vedi (21.131-2) Now you can understand the quantity of love that warms me towards you, when I forget our vanity (emptiness), treating shades as solid things trattando l’ombre come cosa salda (133-136) 3
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E PISODE OF S TATIUS Surprise (21.19) Come ? If you are shades that God does not permit above, who has guided you so far along this stairway? (21.20-21) The surprise of Statius himself L’alma sorprende . The desire to go up surprises the soul What a surprise to Virgil. 4
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C ANTO 22: M ORE SURPRISES Love reciprocated 22.10-11 Virgil says to Statius: “Love, kindled by virtue, always kindles other love quando Virgilio incominciò: “Amore, acceso di virtù, sempre altro accese Francesca: “Love which pardons no one beloved from loving in return” Amor ch’a nullo amato amar perdona (Inf. 5.103) 5
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C ANTO 22: M ORE SURPRISES Exchange of affection As Dante to Francesca, Virgil to Statius, “Ma dimmi…” (But tell me…) 22.19 Even criticism is a sign of love Ogne tuo dir d’amor m’è caro cenno 22.27 Avarice -- how could you? 22.19-25 6
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C ANTO 22: M ORE SURPRISES Deceptiveness of appearances Virgil’s belief is mistaken Not avarice, but its opposite: prodigality 31-36 7
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26Purg21to23W11 - PURGATORIO 22-24 1 Reading and Misreading...

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