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The Concept of Love in The Purgatorio A significant idea contained within Dantes The Divine Comedy is the Augustinian concept of ordered and disordered love Each realm of the afterlife symbolizes the type of love the inhabitants exercised while they were living on earth For example the Inferno represents disordered love since the souls in Hell exhibited little love for mankind and little acknowledgement of God Because the kind of love Hell symbolizes is the worst type that anyone could possess it is located nearest to the center of the earth farthest away from God On the other hand Paradise which is situated closest to God represents ordered love This area is reserved for those who treated their neighbors well and felt connected to God Although they sinned during their lifetimes they fully repented long before death However Purgatory is unlike Paradise or the Inferno Since the inhabitants of Purgatory were those who started to repent later in their lifetimes but still often only thought of their own individual needs and corporeal pleasures it only makes sense that this world be in between Heaven and Hell Purgatory being a gray area that is neither all good or all bad represents a type of love that lies somewhere in between complete order and complete disorder Based on the Seven Deadly Sins each cornice in Purgatory contains a varying amount of ordered love and disordered love However the nearer the cornice is to Hell the more disordered love it represents According to Dante three main types of love are depicted in Purgatory These include bad love too little love and immoderate love Bad love the worst of the three coincides to the first three Cornices that represent the sins of pride envy and wrath respectively Therefore since the First Cornice contains those who were too proud during their time on earth they also exhibited the most disordered love in comparison with the other
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