As mentioned above, Confessions is an autobiography of St. Augustine. It tells about thelife story of St. Augustine starting from his years as a non-Christian up to his views about theHoly Trinity.
The contention of this paper is that St. Augustine’
s City of God continues thetheme of Confessions which is about self-justification. However, this paper also contends that St.
Augustine’s other book, the City of God, is a figurative or metaphorical autobiography of St.
Augustine. Basically, this paper will be all about establishing the book City of God as St.
This paper will be answering the question
“what are the specific parts in
the City of God that reflects that Augusti
ne’s conversion was a good decision?”
The Audience of the Metaphorical Autobiography and the Symbols
Before we proceed to the discussion of the topic itself, there are things that are needed tobe identified and settled. First would be the reason on what is
Augustine’s intention on why did
he write a book that contains a part of his life but in a metaphoric way? My answer to this is thatby Augustine wrote a book that justifies his conversion to show to the other persons on why didhe convert and of course to market Christianity. Also, why did Augustine wrote City of God in ametaphoric way and why did he use city as metaphors for the different religions? The answer tothis is also found in the question. I say that Augustine wrote City of God in a metaphoric waybecause it will somehow
catch the reader’
s attention through the use of cities as metaphoricobjects.
Cities have been used since Plato’s the Republic. The idea behind cities is that people
think that in cities, people are self-sufficient, complementary with each other and people withinthe city are considered as civilized. Anything about cities
knowledge about the cities, way of life, ideals
would interest the people during Augustine’s time.