(urth) Quasi-Christ

O'Donnell, Tim (BOSI) Tim.O'Donnell at bankofscotland.ie
Tue Feb 10 06:56:31 PST 2009

For those also posting over on the Gene Wolfe Book Club I have just posted something similar there but in brief,

I wonder if Severian is not so much Christ as Saul (Paul of Tarsus)?

Paul violently persecuted the followers of Jesus after all (could you say tortured them?) and then discovered Jesus/God and underwent a conversion.

In Severian's case there is no dramatic conversion but a gradual awakening to a new moral code (as exemplified by his disbanding his own guild at the end of the series).

Having said that, I could never claim to be well versed in the Bible or Catholic teachings so I could be way off on this...

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