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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET — Act 1, Scenes 4-5

 — 1.4 — On a street of Verona, Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio, and five or six other people wearing masks and some people holding torches to provide light were heading to Old Capulet’s party. Mercutio was neither a Montague nor a … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 6: Prepurgatory — Sordello”

Canto 6: Prepurgatory — Sordello Often we will see linkage in The Divine Comedy. For example, Inferno6 and Purgatory6 are both about politics (as isParadise6). We will see a broadening of perspective as we go from the Inferno to Purgatory … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide — Canto 4: Prepurgatory — The Spiritually Lazy

Canto 4: Prepurgatory — The Spiritually Lazy Why should we spend time discussing Antepurgatory? We should spend time discussing Antepurgatory for these reasons: 1) These souls in Antepurgatory are very interesting, and they often have interesting relationships with the sinners whom … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s RICHARD III: A Retelling in Prose — Act 4, Scenes 4-5

 — 4.4 — Standing in front of the palace, old Queen Margaret said to herself, “So, now prosperity begins to ripen, grow soft, and drop into the rotten mouth of death. I was prosperous, I matured, and soon I will … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide —”Canto 2: New Souls Arrive in Purgatory”

Canto 2: New Souls Arrive in Purgatory How do souls arrive in Purgatory? Souls arriving in Purgatory have quite a captain piloting the boat they ride on. An angel is their captain. The dead saved souls gather at a certain … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide — Canto 1: The Island of Purgatory and Cato the Guard

Canto 1: The Island of Purgatory and Cato the Guard What does Dante do at the start of Canto 1 of Purgatory? Dante is starting a new major section of The Divine Comedy— Purgatory— and he invokes the Muses the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s INFERNO: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 34: The Ultimate Evil”

“Canto 34: The Ultimate Evil” The innermost ring punishes souls who have treacherously betrayed their rightful lords and benefactors, both temporal and spiritual. The innermost Circle is called Judecca, and it is named after Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Christ. Dante … Continue reading

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