Griffith was definitely positioned and even considered some sort of divine savior in Frenzy, especially after Eclipse. The previous chapters in the manga actually give specific features of his ascension that some religious denominations apply to the crucifixion of Jesus. Even before Griffith became a demon, many members of his Band of Hawks commented that his exploits almost made him more than human. Some people also think that his wishes are the same. Griffith’s eventual transformation into Femto solidified his status as a divine figure, both as a wrathful god who exercises his power to mistreat mortals at will, and as a leader who rules over the demon race as the fifth member of the Hand of God.
Griffith changed dramatically in Berserk, espousing the morals that a savior of humanity would do. His efforts eventually forced humanity to call him the Hawk of Light. He even reached the status of both humanity’s savior and devil when he later declared his intention to create a world where humans and demons could coexist in harmony and peace. Then there is the use of biblical language that is all too conspicuous throughout Berserk, like the Apostles and sacrifice.
The Apostles can go to “Hell” in Berserk
While it is possible to draw some parallels with Christianity in these cases, none of them are that specific unless fans read chapter 68 of the Berserk manga. In this chapter, the mortally wounded Apostle Wyald realizes that if he dies, he will stay in that vortex forever and begs the still-human Griffith to use the King’s Egg to summon the Hand of God, implying that would save him from such a fate.
As readers know, Griffith used the King’s Egg to summon the Hand of God that set the stage for the Eclipse. Another way to interpret Wyald’s words is that Wyald begs Griffith to make sacrifices so that he won’t be forced to exist inside this vortex. Although not much is known about the vortex, the thought of being trapped inside it was horrifying to Wyald as he desperately searched for an alternative. It can be interpreted as a kind of hell for demons. This dynamic bears a striking resemblance to how many Christian denominations view Jesus’ crucifixion as he died for the sins of mankind. Without his sacrifice, no one could gain eternal life in heaven. Berserk’s Apostle is no longer damned to the whirlpool because Griffith sacrificed his humanity, similar to how Jesus died on the cross to save humanity from eternal punishment.
Griffith is bringing heaven to earth
Of course, Christianity portrays Jesus’ sacrifice as completely selfless as opposed to what Griffith did, but Griffith still needed to sacrifice her humanity – it was not a simple task. for him. Jesus did not need to condemn anyone, unlike Griffith. Ironically, Griffith’s later actions after taking on human form are entirely consistent with what some Christians interpret as Jesus’ final game, bringing heaven to Earth. , the opposite of rapture. The fact that Griffith has followers called Apostles in Frenzy only reinforces this highly controversial parallel.
Frenzy available in English from Dark Horse Comics.