Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XIV Conclusions — 2 Comments

  1. I’ve always thought the Devil works best when he’s tempting people into sin instead of just slapping them around. I mean, beating the Devil isn’t kicking his ass; it’s standing up to him. I mean, if the Devil kills Percivale, what happens? Percivale goes to Heaven. What does that accomplish? Surely it’s better to leave him alive and try again later. Maybe “I’ll swap functioning genitalia for your soul.”

    Here, Percivale castrates himself instead of giving in to his lust; the Devil loses. Killing Percivale isn’t on the agenda. The Devil loses a fiddle contest and walks away, because he’s already lost and smiting the kid doesn’t get him anything. Spider-Man swaps his marriage for his aunt; the Devil wins.

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