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Dante Alighieris The Divine Comedy Purgatory Dantes The Divine Comedy section of Purgatory is a depiction of Dante and his struggle to reach paradise He is a character as well as a narrator The purgatory section deals with the seven deadly sins and Dantes task of cleansing himself on his journey to heaven He confronts many different people on his journey to self-righteousness which help and guide him to his destiny Accompanied by Virgil or reason as he is depicted his quest is a hard journey with many answers to be found Dante was born in May 1265 and lived his early life at a time of change and of great economic and cultural expansion in Florence Kirkpatrick 2 The poet was critically aware of developments in Florentine poetry and painting 2 He also had an eye for the political scene as well He was elected several times to one of the six priors that governed his republic Dante had left the city for a short time when a revolt took place between the Blacks and the Whites Dante was exiled and sentenced to death for corruption Little is known about Dantes personal life or family life His mother died early in his childhood and his father died shortly after remarrying again in 1285 Grandgent 2 He gained a half brother and half sister out of this marriage but little is known of them either 2 There was possibly another sister but if she was from the first or second marriage we do not know Around 1277 Dantes father arranged Dantes marriage to Gemma daughter of Manetto Donati The approximate date of marriage is around 1283 but again not for certain Dante had three children two sons and a daughter who became a nun and changed her name to Beatrice Foster 12 After Gemmas death Dante began studying philosophy which he soon seemed to fall in love with Dante was never able
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