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Is Kelhus a criticism of Jesus/religion? posted 03 October 2007 in Author Q & AIs Kelhus a criticism of Jesus/religion? by ErebusRed, Candidate

I didn't sympathise with Kellhus far beyond the first book, and felt he became less of a character and more of a 'force'. As if he was increasingly conditioning himself from having real feelings. I kept hoping he would 'wake up' from his conditioning, but maybe that is yet to come.

Ultimately he became necessity. Doing whatever is necessary 'for the greater good' but without concern for ethics.

I would argue (not insist - I have learned something from reading these books!) that Akka is the hero of the story - that seems to be the revelation that Esmenet has when she reads the story of Seswatha.

The Kellhus/Jesus question ought to be considered in the broader context of Messianic stories and the mythic hero cycle - rather than just that of Jesus. A Google on the works of Joseph Campbell will start you on the right track. view post


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