Arachne’s Pride – Deadly Sin #6

Deadly Sinner #6 : Arachne

Arachne was a talented weaver who produced some of the finest cloth in all of Ancient Greece. But soon pride and arrogance crept into her head (Greek Hubris) and she boasted that she was a better weaver than Athena herself! Athena then set up a tapestry making competition with Arachne. Arachne used this opportunity to mock the gods in her tapestry pictures. In a violent rage, Athena transformed Arachne into a the first spider.

And for thousands of years,  Arachnids have been weaving webs in the corners of our houses, our basements and our attics.

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Jezebel’s Greed – Deadly Sin #5

Deadly Sinner #5 : Jezebel (by proxy of her husband King Ahab)

In 1 Kings 21, Ahab asks Naboth to give him his vineyard to add to the palace grounds but Naboth refuses him. When Jezebel finds out, she falsely accuses Naboth of blasphemy so he can be sentenced to death. She then seizes his land to add to land that she and her husband already clearly have enough of hence the keys that she grabs in this image of her.

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2 Kings 9:30-37 New King James Version

So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered on the wall and on the horses; and he trampled her underfoot. 34 And when he had gone in, he ate and drank. Then he said, “Go now, see to this accursed woman, and bury her, for she was a king’s daughter.” 35 So they went to bury her, but they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands. 36 Therefore they came back and told him. And he said, “This is the word of the Lord, which He spoke by His servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, ‘On the plot of ground at Jezreel dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel;[a] 37 and the corpse of Jezebel shall be as refuse on the surface of the field, in the plot at Jezreel, so that they shall not say, “Here lies Jezebel.”’”

Iago’s Envy – Deadly Sin #4

Deadly Sinner #4 : Iago

In Shakespeare’s play Othello, Iago hated the Moor. Out of hatred, envy and spite he conspired against his master Othello leading to events that ended in tragedy.  Inspired also by the green light in The Great Gatsby, I made Iago look out of Venetian windows with jealousy.

Iago’s dialogue in the play is also the first time the term “green eyed monster” appeared as an expression in English. And green has been associated with jealousy ever since.

*Image based on a still from the 2004 film The Merchant of Venice

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