July 29 Theme: Before the Fall?

These weekly themes just keep getting better and better. Typically, our posts differ in their interpretations of the theme. This week however, each of our three authors focused on what made them angry, not why  or how they were angry.

And we sure found some interesting reasons to be wrathful. Road rage is likely familiar to anyone with a regular commute. And this is probably not the first time someone in the food service industry felt demeaned by a guest. And finally, someone found reason (many reasons) to be angry at society in general.

On that note, have you ever faced similar situations? Or do you have something else that commonly brings out the wrath? Drop us a comment.

Before the Fall

Finally, we have come to the last installment of our Seven Deadly Sins series! I hope you’ve guessed by now what the theme is.

Theme: Pride

Structure: Free verse

In psychological terms, pride actually has two definitions, one with a negative connotation and one positive. With a negative connotation, pride is “an inflated sense of one’s personal status or accomplishments.” In a more positive light, pride is a satisfaction and attachment one feels towards one’s choices, actions, or even a group of people. Basically, the negative connotation of pride is the excess of the positive. Note the use of inflated sense of self.

In mythological terms, pride is often seen as the ultimate sin, and this is no better exemplified than in Dante’s Inferno, in which the protagonist encounters Satan at the deepest and most central point of Hell. Satan, in trying to compete with God’s power — and thus viewing himself as comparable to God — became the ultimate betrayer.

Satan’s punishment is to be eternally frozen waist-deep in ice, gnawing, with each of his three mouths, on Cassius and Brutus (the most prominent betrayers of Julius Caesar) and Judas Iscariot (the betrayer of Jesus). Wikipedia (I know, I know, “unreliable”) explains this to be “an inverted trinity: Satan is ignorant, impotent, and full of hate, in contrast to the all-knowing, all-powerful, and loving nature of God.”

We eagerly await your interpretations! Send submissions to redstringpapercuts@gmail.com to be published.

Steve D

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