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Unformatted text preview: malice towards humans. Stories about devils also seemed to function as a warning against potentially dangerous situations. Girls attending a late night party with male companions could find themselves in the company of devils, and as in excerpt #24 results in death. Moreover, as in the story “Barrel of Gold” and other similar excerpts is the warning that excessive wealth is in line with the devil. As often in dealings with the devil the human reaps negative consequences as a result of his desire to gain or maintain his wealth. The peasant’s main defense against the devil was subservience to God. Following the will of God had the ability to before amazing thing such as a woman’s making the sign of the cross was able to trap a demon for three days. Observance of God and devils was a tedious everyday task that peasants felt had a profound impact on their lives....
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- Spring '08
- Russian, DEVILS, Serfdom