In the Image of Lucifer

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  • Sakti Sekhar Dash Ravenshaw University, Odisha, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i8.10718

Keywords:

Violence, Anarchy, Malevolence, Evil

Abstract

The image of Judge Holden evokes the image of a sinister seven-foot-tall, completely hairless man, who is the arch-nemesis of humanity. A man of vast erudition, Holden is also the most savage of the lot riding alongside John Joel Glanton. The figure of Judge Holden has drawn comparisons to the character of Captain Ahab and the great white whale, Moby Dick.

            But Judge Holden also brings to mind the character of Lucifer. Both of them emerge as enemies of humanity and appear awe-inspiring even in their fallen state. It must not be forgotten that they had possibly glorious pasts. But they made choices that led them to become sinister and malevolent characters. Their depravity and fallen state are in stark contrast with their intellectual refinement. Lucifer features prominently across the myths of different cultures. In most representations, he appears as the “bearer of light.” A celestial figure, close to God, Lucifer becomes a damned and fallen figure, the avowed enemy of humanity.

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Published

26-08-2020

How to Cite

Dash, S. S. . (2020). In the Image of Lucifer. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 8(8), 94–102. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i8.10718

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