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Dante wants two things immortality in art and in heaven But he realizes that he might not have the necessary ability to write his Commedia and still go to heaven Despite his criticism of those figures who attempt the impossible Dante may be one of them He may be blasphemous fraudulent harmful or simply wrong He is contemptuous of those who dare exceed their limits because these characters prove ultimately destructive Arachne hurts herself Daedalus hurts his son and Phaethon destroys much of the world But Dante carefully distances himself from these figures He hopes and most likely believes that his writing of the Commedia is divinely sanctioned He stays within his limits Therefore the steps and liberties that he takes are not a result of ignorance and hubris which were the causes of Ovids characters failures but of prudence which may be the cause of Dantes success Dante relates to Arachnes character because she was a talented artist While she angered the goddess Minerva he risks the anger of God For Arachne neither for place of birth nor birth itself had the girl fame but only for her skill1 The same is true for Dante His fame derives from his skill as a writer not from a privileged birth Arachne demonstrates her artistic ability when in a competition with Minerva she weaves a piece which depicts the gods unfavorably But in her piece not Pallas nor Envy himself could find a flaw2As a punishment Minerva turns Arachne into a spider Arachne does three things to try to upstage the gods she claims to be Minervas equal by competing with her she creates a piece which showed unscrupulous stories of the gods and her finished product is like Minervas perfect Like Arachne Dante is trying to create a perfect piece of art his Commedia Is its very perfection an insult to God Is its attempt at perfection an insult In the Purgatorio Dante
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