International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | English Language and Literature | India | Volume 12 Issue 4, April 2023

Could the Devil be Redeemed? Tracing Apocatastatic Strains in Netflix's Lucifer

Adya Gaur

Abstract: Modern popular culture witnesses an increased interest in the varied perception and portrayal of the devil. Amidst a multitude of media that present the devil in an unconventional light, the one that strikes as different is the popular Netflix series, Lucifer. This paper attempts to explore how the show boldly defies the conventional views about Satan and the concept of salvation, how its ending experiments with the ancient theory of apocatastasis - the belief that everything and everyone will be saved in the end - by way of enabling the sinners in hell, including the devil, to be redeemed. Lucifer poses important questions of what effective and responsible justice, punishment and atonement actually look like; could evil ever cease to be and whether the devil could be redeemed. The opposition faced by the controversial show and its subsequent renewal on popular demand invites investigation into the relevance of these questions in the contemporary society and opinion that is clearly divided.

Keywords: Popular Culture, apocatastasis, devil, web series, Netflix

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 4, April 2023,

Pages: 191 - 194

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