History Literature / TheDivineComedy

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* {{Blipvert}}: A rapid-fire series of visions (involving a murderous nightingale and a crucified anti-semite) assail Dante at the start of ''Purgatorio'' Canto 17, constantly shattering to show new examples of wrath that rain down into the poet's mind.
5th Apr '18 1:13:45 PM Gamermaster
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* SelflessWish: Thomas Aquinas tells the story of [[Literature/BooksOfKings King Solomon]] with particular emphasis on how selfless it wad for him to wish for wisdom to better rule with, when he could have asked God for wisdom in theology or mathematics or some other art that kings use to distract from their duties.

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* SelflessWish: Thomas Aquinas tells the story of [[Literature/BooksOfKings King Solomon]] with particular emphasis on how selfless it wad was for him to wish for wisdom to better rule with, when he could have asked God for wisdom in theology or mathematics or some other art that kings use to distract from their duties.
23rd Mar '18 12:59:07 PM DustSnitch
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* WeatherManipulation: A devil mentioned in ''Purgatorio'' Canto 5 naturally has the power to send vapor flying into the sky and cause a heavy rainfall, a blessing he abuses to wash away the body of a man who repented of evil with his last breath.
20th Mar '18 8:53:56 AM DustSnitch
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In you the cause is, be it sought in you;."''

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In you the cause is, be it sought in you;.you."''
20th Mar '18 7:31:45 AM DustSnitch
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* PowerIncontinence: Those damned for heresy are gifted with vision of Earth's future. The catch is that they can ''only'' see the future and not the present or the past, meaning that when the Apocalypse comes and all souls enter Heaven or Hell, they will have knowledge of nothing but their torment.

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* PowerIncontinence: Those damned for heresy are gifted with vision of Earth's future. The catch is that they can ''only'' can't ''not'' see the future and not the present so they have no idea what has happened or the past, meaning that when is happening on Earth. When the Apocalypse comes and all souls enter Heaven or Hell, they the heretics (and possibly everyone in Hell) will have knowledge of nothing but their torment.
18th Mar '18 9:43:00 AM DustSnitch
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* SavageWolves:
** A fearsome, ravenous she-wolf instills enough fear in Dante that he gives up on climbing out of the dark forest.
** Greed is described as a wolf in ''Purgatorio'', one with endless hunger, more prey than any other beast, and free reign over Earth until Christ's return.
17th Mar '18 11:00:58 PM DustSnitch
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* DeathOfAChild: The only time Dante encounters a child in the afterlife is in the First Circle of Hell, where the poet briefly mentions seeing unbaptised infants among the virtuous pagans. By placing them in this First Circle, Dante affirms the necessity of baptism while maintaining that children are not tortured for remaining unbaptised by anything other than sadness and boredom.

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* DeathOfAChild: The only time DeathOfAChild:
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Dante first encounters a child in the afterlife is in the First Circle of Hell, where the poet briefly mentions seeing unbaptised infants among the virtuous pagans. By placing them in this First Circle, Dante affirms the necessity of baptism while maintaining that children are not tortured for remaining unbaptised by anything other than sadness and boredom.boredom.
** In the penultimate canto, Bernard points out all the infants who died and went to Heaven by no merit other than their parent's faith, their circumcision, or their baptism.



* ImprobableInfantSurvival: DownplayedTrope; there's an offhand mention of unbaptized infants in the First Circle of Hell, but no other children are implied, mentioned, or especially seen to exist throughout the three afterlives of the ''Comedy'', as if it's impossible to die in-between baptism and adulthood.
15th Mar '18 9:56:21 AM DustSnitch
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* ThresholdGuardians: Before Dante can ascend above the universe and see God, he has to prove the truth of his virtues to three of Christ's apostles. Faith and hope are easy enough, but Saint John's test of love blinds Dante and puts terror in him until he realizes loving God requires offering love to everything that is good.

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* ThresholdGuardians: Before Dante can ascend above the universe and see God, he has to prove the truth of his virtues to three of Christ's apostles. Faith and hope are easy enough, but Saint John's test of love blinds Dante and puts terror in him until he realizes loving God requires offering confesses that the goodness of every leaf in creation gives him reason to love to everything that is good.their Eternal Gardener.
15th Mar '18 9:39:14 AM DustSnitch
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** Saint Peter, the original Pope, harshly criticizes the then-reigning Pope Boniface VIII by saying he has left the papal seat a "sewer of blood and stench" which is practically vacant of a Successor to Peter.

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** Saint Peter, the original Pope, harshly criticizes the The then-reigning Pope Boniface VIII is harshly criticized by saying he has left Saint Peter, the original Pope, for leaving the papal seat a "sewer of blood and stench" which is practically vacant of a Successor to Peter.


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* ThresholdGuardians: Before Dante can ascend above the universe and see God, he has to prove the truth of his virtues to three of Christ's apostles. Faith and hope are easy enough, but Saint John's test of love blinds Dante and puts terror in him until he realizes loving God requires offering love to everything that is good.
15th Mar '18 9:19:59 AM DustSnitch
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* ArtisticLicenseTraditionalChristianity: Those who betray hospitality has their soul switched out with a demon in Hell while the body continues to function normally. This doesn't make sense considering Dante is basing his theology off Saint Thomas Aquinas, [[http://www.newadvent.org/summa/1051.htm#article1 who went out of his way]] to say angels and demons could not relate to a body in the same way a soul could. Even if a spirit were to ever control a body, Aquinas says they wouldn't be able to do "vital functions" like eating or drinking, something Dante remembers seeing one of the traitors doing after his body was possessed.
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