Seven Deadly Sins: Personification Essay

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The Seven Deadly Sins: How Deadly Can They Be The Seven Deadly Sins is a major aspect to the religion of Christianity. Religion in the Middle Ages was exceedingly important and the central character to the lives of the people living in this time era. In early fourteenth century, Robert Manning of Brunne wrote a poem of an educational text informing people to avoid the seven deadly sins. Sometime later, in the late 1500s, Edmund Spenser wrote a book entitled The Faerie Queene and in Book 1, Canto 4, Spenser discusses the Seven Deadly Sins as the two characters, Redcrosse and Duessa, embark on their journey to the sinful House of Pride. Spenser has a unique way of which he alters to readers an artful conception of such a broad aspect …show more content…
He also mentions the crane, as the crane is the symbol of gluttony. “And like a Crane his necke was long and fine / With which he swallowed up excessive feast … He spued up his gorge, that all did him deteast” (599). Lechery, or lust, is being traveled by a goat and his “Whally eyes (the sign of gelosy,) / Was like the person selfe, whome he did beare / Who rough, and blacke, and filthy did appeare / Unseemely man to please faire Ladies eye / Yet he of Ladies oft was loved deare” (600). Lust is a standard where each sex strives to suppress the other and is here personified as Lechery and the goat. Lechery is followed by the fourth, greedy Avarice and the camel, who is loaded with gold in two iron coffers. “With precious mettall full, as they might hold / And in his lap an heape of coine he told” (600). Avarice being the most wretched wight, he sacrifices very little of his devotion to the queen and his fellow members as well as living a miserable life, “He led a wretched life unto him selfe unknown” (600). Avarice is according to Spenser, the most wretched wight, and this is a characteristic of avaricious men who usually resort themselves to contractible devices to hoard their wealth in, such as the iron coffers. Through living a miserable life, Avarice is the “Most wretched wight, whom nothing might suffise / Whose greedy lust id lacke in greatest store / Whose need had

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