Representations of the Seven Deadly Sins in Fiction

Gilligan's Island crew

The Seven Deadly Sins have been part of Christian theology since at least the 6th Century, and authors have been borrowing and reinventing them ever since—Dante largely ordered his vision of Hell and Purgatory around the sins, and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales contains a lengthy treatise on ways to remedy them. Many modern authors and screenwriters, too, have had their fun with with the sins, especially with casts of characters meant to represent specific sins themselves. Whether giving audiences a fascinating insight into human nature or providing reliable antagonism, writers have mined this crew for centuries.


The Sin du Jour Affairs by Matt Wallace

Envy of Angels cover design by Peter Lutjen; Photograph by Getty Images

Matt Wallace’s series of novellas feature chef pals Darren and Lena, two new members of the staff at Sin du Jour Catering & Events. But until their first day on the job, the two ...