Hoarders and WastersOverview: As Virgil and Dante enter into the fourth circle of Hell, Plutus threatens the men in an attempt to end their journey. However, Virgil reasures Dante that he only has power over the damned and will not be able to block their path. So, the pair continue on into the circle where they see those who are guilty of hoarding and wasting. Men strain against weights and cry out in agony as they hurl the burden at one another. After that, they roll them back screaming phrases at each other such as, "Why do you hoard?" and "Why do you waste?" These men are forced to throw the weights back and forth for all eternity. Watching them suffer, Dante feels sorry for the men, but these feelings do not last long because Virgil tell him that that they are all guilty of wasting their life by thinking of nothing but money every single day. Therefore, no amount of money will ever get them released from their torturous prison.

Map of Hell
Map of Hell

Characters: - Plutus: This is the God of Wealth in Greek mythology. His position in Hell is very fitting since he oversees the misery of those who hoarded and wasted their money during their lives. -Who is he in Greek mythology?Some people believe that Dante many have meant to have used Pluto, the Roman God of the Underworld, instead of Plutus, the Greek God of wealth. Others believe that he cleverly chose to use Plutus as a guardof the fourth circle simply because it was so ironic. In Greek mythology, he was first thought of in corolation with a rich harvest, but now he represents wealth in general. Part of the reason he was associated with a harvest was because his mother was Demeter, the goddess of agriculture. It is said that Zeus blinded him so that he would distribute wealth without any discrimination, and so that he would favor those who were kind and generous.


Plutus
Plutus

- Dame Fortune: She is an important figure in Greek mythology as well, and most of the time she is thought of in combination with chance. It can be inferred from the way Virgil speaks of her that she is ranked among the angels.-Who is she in different cultures?Her name, Dame Fortune, changes depending on where you are. Origionally, in Roman culture, she was known as Fortuna, but once she figure became know in Greek mythology, she earned the title Dame Fortune. In fact, she was such a popular figure that even today, we call her Lady Luck.


Dame Fortune's Wheel of Chance
Dame Fortune's Wheel of Chance
Interesting Facts:- The phrase, Papa Satan, Papa Satan, aleppy is not fully understood, and even to today, there are many translations for it.- In addition to being a writer, Dante was also a physician and soldier. - Dante is so famous that he has been referred to more than once in works such as American Psycho, Frankenstein, and Hannibal.