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Title: Canto VII

Canto VII
  • Circle Four The Hoarders the Wasters
  • Circle Five The Wrathful The Sullen

  • God of the Underworld
  • Guardian/ symbol of 4th Circle
  • Avarice (greed) and Prodigality (spending freely)
  • Also known as God of Wealth in some cases

Hoarders and Wasters
  • so these shades dance and crash eternallya
    nation of lost soulsthey strained their chests/
    against enormous weights and with mad howls/
    rolled them at one another. (23-27)
  • Lie in ditches, weighted down and continually
    hit each other with their weights.

Hoarders and Wasters
  • what people can these be?/ And all those
    tonsured ones there on our left-/ is it possible
    they all were of the clergy? (37-39).
  • Signifies corruption in the church
  • Corresponds with political fight as well

Hoarders and Wasters
  • This is lost ambition./ In their sordid lives
    they labored to be blind,/ and now their souls
    have dimmed past recognitionHoarding and
    squandering wasted all their light/ and brought
    them screaming to this brawl of wraiths
  • Destroyed the light of God within themselves by
    thinking of nothing but money.

Dame Fortune
  • That king whose perfect wisdom transcends all,/
    made the heavens and posted angles on them/ to
    guide the eternal light that may fall/he made
    earths splendors by a like decree/ and posted as
    their minister this high Dame/All earths gear/
    she changes from nation to nation, from house to
    house/.no mortal power may stay her spinning
    wheel/ mans mortal reason cannot compass
    her/And this she so railed at and reviled/ that
    even her debtors in the joys of time/ blaspheme
    her name (73-93).

Dame Fortune
  • Fortune received orders from God to transfer
    worldly goods between people and nations.
  • She moves quickly and humans cannot understand
    this so we should not curse her when we lose
    something- it is Gods will.

The Sullen
  • a swarm of spirits in that bog, savage, with
    anger,they thumped at one another in that slime
    with their hands and feet they butted and they
    bit as if each would tear the other limb from
    limbthere are souls beneath that waterFixed in
    slime (110-120)
  • Souls attack each other in gross slime
  • Lie entombed in the bubbles from the sludge,
    singing a hymn that mocks them.
  • Sunk under slime- refused the light of God

Canto VIII
  • Circle Five Styx- The Wrathful, Phlegyas
  • Circle Six Dis- The Fallen Angels

  • Ferryman to River Styx
  • Mythological King of Boeotia
  • Son of Ares (Mars) and human mother
  • Sent soul to hell for burning Apollos temple at
  • Symbolic of Wrath

  • and not till I stepped aboard did it seem to
  • Into the water. At once we left the shore,
  • that ancient hull riding more heavily
  • than it had ridden in all of time before.

Emotional Reaction
  • May you weep and wail to all eternity,
  • for I know you, hell-dog, filthy as you are.
  • Then he stretched both hands to the boat, but
  • The Master shoved him back, crying Down! Down!
  • with the other dogs! The he embraced me saying
  • Indignant spirit, I kiss you as you frown.
  • Blessed be she who bores you. (37-43)
  • First time Dante chastises the sinners
  • Virgil approves and commends Dante
  • Dante purges himself of anger by showing it to
  • He is learning and gaining the morals necessary
  • Contempt for evil will enable truer perfection
    for Dante

Filippo Argenti
  • Master, it would suit my whim/ to see the
    wretch scrubbed down into the swill/ before we
    leave this stinking sink and him. (49-51)

Filippo Argenti
  • Black Guelph member of Adimari family (enemy of
  • Said that his brother took Dantes property after
    his exile
  • Insults family
  • Character development

Rebellious Angels
  • You need not be cast down
  • by my vexation, for whatever plot
  • these fiends may lay against us, we will go on.
  • This insolence of theirs is nothing new
  • they showed it once at a less secret gate
  • And through it at this moment a Great One comes
  • Took Lucifers side in rebellion against God
  • Defend the city of Dis (lower hell) just as they
    once resisted Christ's arrival at the gate of