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Brunetto Latini The Sinner From Dantes description of Brunetto Latini one is able to find that on earth the two had been great friends Brunetto was Dantes role model and mentor and they had shared many great times together These men were highly involved in politics and both incorporated their political opinions into their works Dante is very touched by seeing his mentor in Hell Although further in the poem Brunetto admits his homosexuality Dante does not feel that this punishment is justified for the sodomite Dante says If my desire were answered totallyyoud still be among not banished from humanity Lawall Mack 1347 Brunetto does not offer any excuses for his sin but he does explain that the people of Fiesole condemned him and they too will condemn Dante He also warns Dante of this and tells him not to commit himself to one party Your fortune holds on store such honor for you one party and the other will be hungry for you- but keep the grass far from the goat 1347 Brunettos kindness and compassion outweigh his sin of homosexuality Brunetto was a father figure for Dante and felt an obligation to protect him He says with regret If I had not died I should have helped sustain you in your work 1347 Brunetto admits he is guilty of homosexuality and accepts the responsibility for his actions He explains to Dante In brief all were stained by one same sin upon earth 1348 However Brunetto does not repent his sin He simply asks for Dante to let him live on through his work Tesoro Dante will surely do this as he said Within my memory is fixed- and now moves me- your dear your kind paternal image when in the world above you taught me how man makes himself eternal 1347 As Dante and Brunetto were great friends on earth they both will remember one another for all eternity
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