canto 30 purg - Purgatory Canto 30 What does Beatrice think...

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To: David Bruce From: Patrick Daly Re: Purgatory , Canto 31 Reaction Memo Date: 2/19/07 Words: 253 Purgatory , Canto 31: Dante was impressed by Beatrice’s physical beauty. Where is that beauty now? When Dante was alive, he valued Beatrice for her physical beauty and her physical body and form more so then he valued her spirit and soul. Now that Beatrice has passed away, she no longer has her “physical” body and her beauty is gone forever, rotting away in a crypt somewhere. This is an allegorical justification for Dante and helps him to learn that he must turn away from the physical world, and focus on the spiritual. He must not concern himself with worldly fame and objects, but instead he should focus on furthering his relationship with god.
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Unformatted text preview: Purgatory , Canto 30: What does Beatrice think about the way that Dante has been leading his life? She speaks very harshly to him, telling him that he has wasted his god given talent, by not writing about important things and instead focusing on worldly fame. She also lets him know that he “abandoned” her after she died. We are not sure what this abandonment entails, it could be not praying for her soul, pursuing other women, or just not thinking of her as much as he should after she passed away. This is interesting for her to scold him so harshly upon greeting him for the first time because it mirrors the attitude of Cato, who we first encountered in Canto 1. Purgatory is a very stern place indeed....
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