Welcome to I Am Your Target Demographic and
today we’re continuing the Divine Comedy,
a trio of poems written by Dante Alegheri.
To recap, Dante and his guide Virgil have just traveled
through the entirety of Hell
and emerged from the other side of the Earth,
ready to make the ascent towards heaven.
So let’s begin Purgatorio, the second sectionof the poem.
Virgil and Dante stand at the base of a mountain,
which was created when Lucifer crashed into the Earth.
This mountain is the ascension to Heaven,
so it begins with another lobby of sorts,
called the Ante-Purgatory.
These are people waiting to ascend,
usually in this lobby because they were excommunicated
or they repented too late in life.
Dante made a point to include
that the prayers of the living could affect how long a soul lingered in purgatory.
If someone repented late in life,
they must wait for a lengthy period before ascending.
There are seven terraces, each one loosely tied to the seven deadly sins.
Instead of being punished and tortured like in Inferno,
as you ascend the terraces you
atone for these sins from the past.
The first terrace is pride,
where the souls there are humbled and humiliated by having
to carry massive boulders on their backs and are forever hunched over.
The second terrace is envy,
where people are punished for wanting what is someone else’s.
Some are blinded by their eyes being sewnshut.
The wrathful are being punished in the third terrace,
where a thick black smoke surrounds
them and makes them feel alone.
Some even see visions in the darkness, visions and examples of meekness,
which is the opposite to wrath.
In the fourth terrace,
we have those that were slothful in life and here,
they must race and shout about people that showed zealin life.
they will eventually make up for the sloth they exhibited
In the fifth terrace,
Virgil and Dante encounter the greedy and the reckless spenders
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who are penitent here by being bound facedown, unable to moveor gather anything.
They must show an understanding of love beyond physical goods and money,
so they shout out
examples of generosity.
Before we get to terrace six,
there is an earthquake for Dante and Virgil, a sign that
another soul has repented and is now ableto enter paradise.
The two of them now enter the gluttonous terrace,
where those that feasted nonstop in life are forced
to starve and thirst.
Almost to the peak, they enter terrace seven,
where the lustful walk through flames,
where they must show disregard for their bodies completely, shouting stories of chastity.
To leave this terrace,
Dante must also walk through a wall of flame, .
which he does so only because the woman he loves, Beatrice,awaits him in paradise.
And that basically ends Purgatorio, at leastthe major points.
Dante stands ready to ascend into the heavens,
which will continue into next week’s Paradiso.
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