Thursday, November 09, 2006

Question 7 From FCE

In literature , this Latin Phrase was spoken by Satan as he refused to serve God. It translates into " I will not serve" This phrase recently acquired spotlight because of its usage in the Film The Departed by Martin Scorcese. Frank Costello played by Jack Nicholson uses X to assert his gangland theories of independence and leadership.

Other usages of this phrase

Hagbard Celine uses this phrase to voice his refusal to (among other things) pay his taxes in Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea's The Illuminatus! Trilogy.

Spoken by the protagonist, Stephen Dadelus in James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, after his decision to follow the life of an artist, rather than that prescribed to him by the Catholic Church, it is an allusion to Lucifer's assertion to Yahweh in Milton's Paradise Lost, first chapter. Lucifer states that it is better to reign in hell than submit in heaven.

What is this phrase?

Non Serviem

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