Friday, December 14, 2007

The Seven Deadly Sins

The prevalence of the Seven Deadly Sins has been prominent throughout many different ages and tales. In The Canterbury Tales, The Wife of Bath is ruled by lust, which is shown by her love of sex and men. Doctor Faustus’s sin is greed, as he works to have all the wealth and power that one man can possibly gain with the assistance of demons such as Mephastophilis and Lucifer. Wrath is the sin of Grendel in Beowulf, as he rips, tears, and destroys any man or thing that he should come in contact with. Surprisingly enough, all characters in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are ruled b gluttony. Each of the characters that show themselves is often preoccupied with feasting and merriment. Last, each of the deadly sins shown themselves during Doctor Faustus at the order of Lucifer, each tell the tale of how they were made and are presented as a warning to Faustus.

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