Anger in Gulliver’s Travels and Seven
ガリヴァ リョコウキ ト セヴン ニオケル イカリ ノ トクシツ ニツイテ
22 , 2016-12
This essay examines the deadly sin of anger (wrath) in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’sTravels (1726) and Andrew Kevin Walker’s film Seven (1995). While anger inaphorisms written by Gustav Flaubert or Ambrose Bierce seems to be light andhumorous, the anger expressed by Det. Mills and John Doe in the film Seven is intenseand serious due to horrible homicides committed in a very extraordinary situation. Incontrast to Seven, ‘colère’ in the French/Italian film of comedy Les Sept PéchésCapitaux (1952) appears light and vulgar because it is tied to a quarrel betweenhusband and wife. Both Swift and John Doe display aggression as a means to forcepeople to pay attention to them by kicking the stomach or hitting with a sledgehammer.Both of them share ‘indignation’ against the squalor in the corrupted world aroundthem. Avoiding ‘sæva Indignatio (fierce indignation)’ requires us to be patient asGulliver displayed at the court of Brodgingnag when the virtuous giant King treats himas a tiny insect.