4 - Purgatory and Purgation
from Part II - Purgatory
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 02 September 2022
With Purgatory we readers are at home. It is a place of hope, less a place of punishment due and more a place of conversion. And a comparison between Dante’s conversion in Purgatory in the hands, ultimately, of Beatrice, and Augustine’s conversion as recorded in Confessions allows us to see Purgatorio as moving progressively out of a place of moral reform and the rejection of the vices that formed the structure of Hell, and more a place of an wholesale transformation, a place of illumination.
- Dante the Theologian , pp. 117 - 158Publisher: Cambridge University PressPrint publication year: 2022