The Passion Of St. Perpetua And Felicitas

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The Passion of St. Perpetua and Felicitas, as translated by H.R. Musurillo is the narrative of St. Perpetua’s martyrdom. During the period of time in which St. Perpetua was victimized in order to oppress her faith, medieval vita’s were of great use to coax people to follow Christianity. This first hand account of her own persecution follows Perpetua’s story from the time of her arrest, right up to her death. St. Perpetua herself used biblical symbols, and paradoxical phrases to set the tone of her account, to illustrate the righteousness of her martyrdom to her fellow Christians, and to prove that all of “God’s people will be preserved”, and therefore deserves more exploration. Throughout The Passion of St. Perpetua and Felicitas, Perpetua’s use of biblical symbols was paramount in influencing her audience to follow the path of Christianity. Perpetua’s martyrdom, her sacrifice, displayed her eternal love for God. Leading up to her death Perpetua, and some of her fellow prisoners experienced visions. These visions were wrought with biblical symbols. One symbol of importance was the four angels, found in Perpetua’s description of Saturus’s vision, “began to be borne to the east by four angels whose hands touched us not.” (73). To understand what exactly this is referring to we need to take a look at the exact excerpt from the bible, “After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from

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