Essay on The Beasts and Monsters in Dante's Inferno
Plutus, the next monster Dante encounters is also associated with thefigure of Satan due to his description of "il gran nemico", as herepresents greed which was seen as the source of all ills (2). Hisrepresentation of greed and avarice is strengthened by Virgil's rebuketo him,
Taci, maladetto lupo! (3)
As this associates Plutus with the She-wolf from Canto I who is correlated with one of the triple divisions of Hell, the sins of the disordered appetite, and this inherent connection with greed is marked by Plutus's function as guard of the avaricious and prodigal of the fourth circle.
Dante and Virgil meet Geryon when they need to descend to the 'malebolge'. He has a different purpose to the other monsters I have discussed as he is essential for the continuation of Dante's journey, providing the only transportation between the sins of violence in the seventh circle to the sins of fraud in the 'malebolge'. Geryon is the most intricately described of all the beasts in Inferno, which is