From Hope to Despair: The Seven Deadly Sins in Medieval and Modern Society


  • Charlotte Clutterbuck


Sin cannot be eradicated in this life. Take William Langland's description of Gluttony, who goes past the brew house on his way to confession: And whither he would go the brew-wife asked him. 'To holy church,' quoth he, 'for to hear mass, And then sit and be shriven, and sin no more.' ... Today I will concentrate on three medieval texts - Dante's Purgatorio, Chaucer's Parson's Tale, and Langland's Piers Plowman - and one modern one - the 1992 ABC TV Dramas - and discuss what the comparison reveals about modern society.