From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: (urth) Typhon, Sev, Silk Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 14:35:20 -0600 It has been accepted by most here for a long time that the temptation of Severian by Typhon on the mountain mimics that of Jesus by Satan. Although Wolfe has maintained that Sev is not a stand-in for Jesus, the fact remains that Sev goes on to become a redeemer, of sorts. He becomes the representative of Mankind on Urth, 'saving' it to death by water from death by ice. He does this by mumbo-jumbo, somehow mystically becoming a New Sun to revitalize the old sun, which has somehow been damaged, presumably in consequence of Man's arrogance. It is believed by some that Typhon is the person responsible for the damage to the sun. Jesus and Satan are at antipodes, mythologically and theologically. If I am stating the obvious, it is because I think it is being overlooked. Jesus is in no part Satan. For the temptation correspondence to hold up, neither can Sev be in any part Typhon. For Sev to be a clone of a bastard child of Typhon (who was Ymar's mother, btw?), he would have to be, in some sense, the son of Satan. Sev, like Jesus, resisted the temptation but went further; he killed his would-be benefactor, something Jesus couldn't/wouldn't do. You can't just kill the Devil, or the game is over. Typhon was the baddest man in the whole damn galaxy, so bad that the Increate apparently thought it worth the death of millions of innocents on Urth to undo the great wrong he had done. Silk, we are told (ad nauseam), is a veritable saint. He is so holy that the Outsider (aka, the Increate) intervenes directly in his life, time and again. How can Silk be a clone of Typhon? They are whorls apart, mythologically and theologically. -Roy --