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We are reading the book In the Heat of the Night by John Ball and I need to complete the chapter 2 comprehension questions. I am stuck on this one:

1. Investigate the figurative nuances of the name Virgil. It is an allusion. Why is it significant? Think in terms of irony and character development.

Please help quick!!

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    Would it help you if John Ball had a character named Homer? Who was the great Virgil of literature? Doesn't Virgil appears as Dante's guide through hell and purgatory? What does Hell and purgatory have to do with Heat of the Night? OHhhh. The setting was deep Mississippi, not exactly Heaven for a black Virgil.

    Be careful what you name your children.

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