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From: "Alex David Groce" <adgroce@eos.ncsu.edu>
Subject: Re: (urth) Sev as anti-hero
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 10:28:19 

On Apr 6, 12:08am, Roy C. Lackey wrote:
>     Oh, I agree he makes moral progress. I said much the same thing in an
> off-list e-mail to someone here. But I still do not like Sev and have
> trouble seeing him as Everyman--even a dark Everyman. Silk, Weer, and the
> other figures you mention are much more sympathetic figures, whatever their
> flaws, because they come closer to Everyman than Sev. They do not wield the
> powers, temporal or supernatural, that Sev does. They do not have his
> capacity for doing harm. mantis used the term "anti-hero" and I have to
> agree with it. I could never identify with Sev, as I could with Weer or
> Green or Silk or Free's boarders.

	I won't argue that Severian is easy to identify with; as to Silk, I
would place him in another category of Wolfe's protagonists.  Green is
somewhere in the middle--not as dark as Severian (or even Weer), but not an
almost saintly (and likable--which is hard to portray) fellow like Silk.  I'm
just not sure anti-hero is the right term for Severian.  It seems to me that in
the end he stumbles to glory, at any rate, and that's not just an accident--the
Hierodules choose him because he does, in the end, get the job done.  Of
course, this depends on your interpretation of the last pages of Urth.
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." - John 8:32
Alex David Groce (adgroce@eos.ncsu.edu)
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'98-99 NCSU AITP Student Chapter President
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