Sin : Wrath
Sinner: The Grandmother
Wrath ; Forceful, vindictive anger that expresses itself in a desire to punish someone:
Nobody quite represents Wrath than that of The Grandmother in Flowers in the Attic.
Way before her appearance at the Christmas Party in Ruby Red ( the colour of Wrath itself) her self righteous anger at the “sins”of the children born through their parents spoke in horrific cruelty which she derived pleasure from.
Interestingly, anger or wrath is used as a protective mechanism to cover up fear, hurt or sadness. Anger becomes the predominant feeling behaviorally, cognitively, and physiologically when a person makes the conscious choice to take action to immediately stop the threatening behavior of another outside force.
Grandmother herself, we later realise, is like this due to the past but little sympathy can be found for a woman who chooses to take her hurt out on defenseless children.
She perceives their very existence a threat to the strict moral and religious code she claims to live by.
It is interesting to note that Christians believe in God’s anger at the sight of evil. The Grandmother truly believes the children are evil and a product of sin and that this justifies her Wrath.