Dante Alighieri

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Pier delle Vigne Character Analysis

While in the forest of the seventh circle of hell, Dante plucks a branch from a tree and is shocked when the tree cries out in pain. The tree is actually Pier delle Vigne, an advisor to Frederick II who killed himself when his reputation was ruined by false rumors.
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Pier delle Vigne Character Timeline in Inferno

The timeline below shows where the character Pier delle Vigne appears in Inferno. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Canto 13
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...him. He then killed himself. Though he does not identify himself by name, he is Pier delle Vigne. Pier says that he was never unfaithful to Frederick and asks for Dante... (full context)
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Dante says that he cannot think of anything more to ask Pier, because he is so stirred by pity. So, Virgil asks Pier to tell Dante how... (full context)
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Pier continues to explain that on Judgment Day, the souls will be reunited with their former... (full context)