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I am a man More sinnd against than sinning Lear IIIiill54-5 Sin and the evil it unleashes is one of the concerns of tragedy since one character flaw or fault can set the protagonistprinciple character in a play on a headlong course to disaster Hisher behaviour will also impact on others and may spawnpropagatebring about further evils The ancient Greeks and the writers and philosophers of medieval times had been preoccupied by definitions of morality sin and justice Elizabethan writers like Shakespeare had inherited a body of opinion from the writings of their predecessors This caused them to consider the notion of divine judgement ie the fact that God inevitably punishes man for his sins and to postulateclaim that virtuous behaviour was the only way of avoiding misery and achieving some kind of peace in this world The seven deadly sins or vices are 1 PRIDE - arrogance having an overly high opinion of oneself 2 COVETOUSNESS - an overwhelming desire to possess something that belongs to someone else 3 LUST - a strong animal desire for sexual satisfaction 4 ENVY - unpleasant and grudging feelings of admiration for things belonging to someone else 5 GLUTTONY - excessive eating and drinkinganimal-like greed 6 ANGER - feelings of rage resulting from a real or imagined insult or lack of respect 7 SLOTH - laziness and resistance to any kind of exertioneffort The excess of emotionpassion that such vices engender causes man to lose his judgementreason and to commit sin leading to acts of adultery treachery torture treason murder and suicide In order to avoid becoming the victim of his own vice man must strive to live a virtuous life He must at all times try to be moderate and temperate in his behaviour Only by these means will he be able to
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