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Title: Canto 17


1
Canto 17
  • Sierra Ariel McGuire
  • November 19, 2007

2
Summary of Canto 17
  • Virgil and Dante approach the beast Geryon who
    is lying across the shore protecting his domain.
    Virgil talks to the beast, asking him to be their
    guide to the 8th circle. While Virgil is talking
    Dante is trying to talk to the sinning souls. The
    souls dont talk to him so he leaves. These souls
    are those who lent money for interest known as
    userers . Geryon agrees to bring them to their
    destination the two jump on his back and they
    are on their way.

3
New Characters
  • Geryon
  • A beastly monster
  • He has the face of a man, the body of a serpent,
    and two hairy paws with a pointed scorpion
    stinger tail.

4
Dante and the sinners
  • Dante is in the 7th circle, 3rd ring, 3rd zone
  • The sinners in this canto are those who showed
    violence against nature and art. They lent money
    for interest and are known as usurers.
  • These sinners are punished by having purses
    around their necks which have the sinners family
    emblems on them. Fleas and gnats are biting them.
    They are seated beneath the rain at their own
    fire.

5
The scenery
  • They are on the shore of a river. There is sand
    and fire, also jagged rocks everywhere.
    Everything is burning. They are heading to the
    Abyss of Malebolge.

6
Geryon watching Dante and Virgil coming into his
territory
7
Geryon carrying them to Lower Hell into the Abyss
of Malebolge
8
Virgil (he is Dantes helper to his destination)
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