Seven deadly sins

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Summary of beliefs about the seven deadly sins during the Medieval Period in preparation for reading and analyzing the general prologue of The Canterbury Tales

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  • Sidenot: Limbo is no longer recognized by the RCC. According to the pope it was never an official doctrine to begin with, so they have simply clarified that it doesn’t exist
  • Seven deadly sins

    1. 1. Seven Deadly Sins <ul><li>Outlined in “Parson’s Tale” </li></ul>
    2. 2. Great Chain of Being <ul><li>Hierarchy of all things. </li></ul><ul><li>Your place in the chain determines your distance from God. </li></ul><ul><li>Within each level, there are further breakdowns </li></ul><ul><ul><li>King  lords  knights  peasants (freemen  serfs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Men  women  male children  female children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Horses above Dogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pure breeds above half breeds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not entirely lineal—religious ranks paralleled secular ranks in many ways </li></ul><ul><li>Trying to change your place upsets the chain </li></ul><ul><li>Idea: if everyone stays in his or her place, life will be perfect </li></ul>
    3. 3. THEREFORE… <ul><li>Sin causes all hardship including illness, war, strife, natural disasters because sin upsets the natural order of everything </li></ul>
    4. 4. PRIDE <ul><li>root of all others </li></ul><ul><li>Internal—believing you are better than someone else </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leads to disobedience, boasting, hypocrisy, disdain, arrogance, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>External—focus on appearance that draws attention to oneself </li></ul>
    5. 5. PRIDE <ul><li>Remedy: humility </li></ul><ul><li>Punishment in Hell: Broken on the rack </li></ul>
    6. 6. WRATH <ul><li>Sudden—springs up without reasoning </li></ul><ul><li>Deadly—arises from long consideration and intent to harm </li></ul>
    7. 7. WRATH <ul><li>Leads to murder, hate, war </li></ul><ul><li>Related to swearing, lying, flattery, scorn </li></ul><ul><li>Remedy—meekness and patience </li></ul><ul><li>Punishment in Hell: Dismembered alive </li></ul>
    8. 8. SLOTH <ul><li>indifference to or negligence of spiritual or earthly duty </li></ul><ul><li>belief that one has sinned too much to be forgiven (lack of faith) </li></ul>
    9. 9. SLOTH <ul><li>Remedy: undertake difficult tasks; faith and hope </li></ul><ul><li>Punishment in Hell: thrown in snake pits </li></ul>
    10. 10. GREED <ul><li>Avarice—hoarding things one does not need, keeping things from others </li></ul><ul><li>Covetousness—desire for things one does not have </li></ul><ul><li>Leads to lying, theft, false oaths </li></ul><ul><li>Equated with worship of idols </li></ul>
    11. 11. GREED <ul><li>Remedy: mercy, pity </li></ul><ul><li>Punishment in Hell: Cauldrons of boiling oil </li></ul>
    12. 12. GLUTTONY <ul><li>Overindulging in food or drink </li></ul><ul><li>Being overly particular about food or spending too much time on its preparation </li></ul>
    13. 13. GLUTTONY <ul><li>Remedy: abstinence from food/drink </li></ul><ul><li>Punishment in Hell: forced to eat rats, toads, snakes </li></ul>
    14. 14. LECHERY (lust) <ul><li>Sexual desire beyond the purpose of procreation within marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Particularly undesirable in women </li></ul><ul><li>Eve deceived Adam--therefore all women were seen as lecherous and deceitful </li></ul>
    15. 15. LECHERY (lust) <ul><li>Remedy: chastity </li></ul><ul><li>Punishment in Hell: smothered in fire and Brimstone </li></ul>
    16. 16. ENVY <ul><li>jealousy over another’s success </li></ul><ul><li>or joy in another’s harm </li></ul><ul><li>Symbol: Green </li></ul>
    17. 17. ENVY <ul><li>Remedy: love </li></ul><ul><li>Punishment in Hell: put in freezing water </li></ul>
    18. 18. Christian Beliefs <ul><li>Repentance required reparation of sins </li></ul><ul><ul><li>making up for the sin through charitable deeds, prayers, vigils, fasting, virtuous teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>increasingly became a monetary-dispensations/indulgences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limbo: for righteous non-christians and unbaptized babies (no longer recognized by RCC) </li></ul><ul><li>Purgatory: If people die with sins on their soul, they must be “purged” of their sins here </li></ul><ul><li>Hell: for unrepentant sinners </li></ul>

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