Something from Shin Megami Tensei IV has been bothering me...
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When I encountered this in the game, I was distinctly reminded of something that I came across when reading the The Confessions of St. Augustine back in high school. I just want to throw this out there to see what kind of discussion comes out of it. What are your thoughts on the role of literature in SMT IV? St. Augustine felt that literature, mainly fiction, was created with sole purpose of evoking false emotions and empathy for the fictional characters portrayed in the respective works. During St. Augustine's time literature would have been mainly the theatrical dramas of the Roman Empire. Augustine came to this conclusion after engaging in the practice of self-reflection, in which he looked back on his time spent in Carthage where he gained particular enjoyment from the theatrical tragedies. Feel free to correct me if I have gotten any part of this wrong. It has been a really long time since I read The Confessions, so it is highly likely that I may have confused some parts of it. I would be curious if the writers of the story of SMT IV got the idea for that part of the story from theses writings. I could just be reading too much into it as well.
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The only reason this has been bothering me is because literature is source that you would not normally think would be a source of problems. The works named in SMT IV that I recognized would hardly cause people to riot. Paradise Lost by Milton was actually written about the Fall and humanity exile from Eden. At least that is the impression I had of the story contents.
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