Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Beatrice and Transcendental Love
In class, we discussed how Dante and Beatrice's love was transcendental, or essentially supernatural. If Dante hadn't described it this way, would Beatrice have been placed in Circle Two with the Lustful? Her love for Dante was very passionate and strong, so much so that Dante called it transcendental. One could argue that Francesca and Paolo had a strong, passionate love as well. I think that because Dante didn't want to have Beatrice in Hell, he proclaimed their love transcendental so that she could reside in Paradise. Without this specification, Minos could have potentially placed her with the Lustful. It's important that Beatrice be in Heaven, so that she may lead Dante through it when Virgil cannot continue. Perhaps this is why he described their love this way. Or, perhaps their love really was transcendental. Either way, I think it speaks to the point that, potentially, had Dante not classified the love as divine, Beatrice may have not been sent to Paradise.