Satan. Satan. Satan.

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‘One way in which writers have tried to reconcile, or at least evade, the irreconcilable issues of an all-benevolent, omnipotent God with the existence of evil is to introduce a shape-shifting trickster devil. Given free will and culpability, he’s merely a means to an end. All of the inhabitants of Dante’s Inferno are there because they willingly transgressed. The devil can only encourage a person to lead themselves to ruin. He does this, or rather we do this, in the secrecy of our minds, often represented in print by the solitude of night. “The night is the devil’s black book, wherein he recordeth all our transgressions” wrote Thomas Nashe in his extraordinary forgotten The Terrors of the Night. The desires Satan exploits, and which the night awakens, are those which make virtually all story-telling interesting…’

Examining the greatest anti-hero in literature: the Devil over the new-look 3:AM Magazine – http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/please-allow-me-to-introduce-myself/

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