One of the biggest themes that the author tries to get across to the reader is that every person has good and evil in them, but they are not equal. Throughout the book, there is a huge struggle between good and evil between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. These two men are actually the same person, but Dr. Jekyll takes a potion to turn himself into Mr. Hyde so he can do evil deeds. He does this because everybody has urges to do evil things, but Dr. Jekyll could not risk losing his reputation as a “good” guy in the society that he lives in. The main question is if good and evil can be separated, or is everyone stuck between the fight of both.
Blake represents evil in “The 548”. He is a controlling man living a life full of deceit. Miss Dent role in the story is purely to represent revenge. Control, deceit and Revenge are the major themes of “The 548”. Blake likes to believe that he is in control of every situation, almost like he is the puppet master of his own life.
He is portrayed as vicious to readers by the way he looks, what he says, and what Rainsford says to him. Its Zaroff’s looks that make him appear brutal. Initially Zaroff gives an appearance of a proper gentleman; well-educated and well-mannered, but his dark eyes, military moustache, and strong face make it obviously that he is a forceful leader and firm military general. Zaroff has an “almost bizarre quality about [his] face.” The stark contrast between his “vivid white” hair and his dark “thick eyebrows” depict a strange madness in his looks. Just like a wicked vampire, his “red lips and pointed teeth” reveal his real personality.
In East of Eden, Steinbeck introduces timshel as a way of illustrating man’s relationship with Good and Evil. Through his use of dramatic character relationships, the reader is able to understand both the Good and Evil sides of human beings. Steinbeck implements the relationship between Cathy and Adam, and Cathy and Lee to demonstrate that because God has given humans the choice to overcome sin, humans have the freedom to choose between Good and Evil. Steinbeck’s use of timshel demonstrates his belief that humans, not God, are in control of whether to stay good or become evil. Steinbeck explores many Good & Evil relationships in his novel, two of them being Cathy and Adam, and Cathy and Lee.
* “Do you know who makes good first impressions? Liars.” * "The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness." Joseph Conrad * "The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you will see." Winston Churchill * "When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him."
However, throughout the story, the dominance by Hyde becomes more evident and he begins to take over. The struggle between good and evil occurs time and time again until one becomes dominant, which turns out to be evil. Stevenson shows that there can never be a true balance between good and evil and how one will eventually have the strength to go on. There are parts in the story where Dr. Jekyll seems to have things under control then Mr. Hyde breaks out and takes over the body. All of this seems to happen effortlessly which shows how easy it can be to have dual personalities and not
The book is the start of the monster’s abhorrence to man, as the monster thinks that he cannot fit in with people because he does not own any property and does not know he was born. So, the monster begins to believe that he is an outcast. I would replace this book with The Ugly Duckling. Ruins of Empires causes the monster to lose self-esteem. The Ugly Duckling is well renowned for creation of self-esteem in children.
Such violence is really only the cause of Roy’s pain, his emotions controlling his actions conflicts with our prejudice. Frankenstein's Monster's anguish comes from the rejection he feels from society “Am I to be thought the only criminal, when all human kind sinned against me?”. Posing this Rhetorical question highlights the Irony of how the monster while innocent has been judged just as the reader has. Influenced by her father Mary Shelley's story of a monster portrays the idea that to be human goes beyond that of the body. The Monsters vulgarity and the Replicants perfection does not define them their reaction and action and the ability to think morally and ethically makes them human.
Can we make the assumption that evil is just a division of a clear good? Maybe even a good thing overall? If it is necessary, those who decide to act with evil are merely enduring good values. Gardner shows a great example of the balance of good and evil in his novel Grendel, through Grendel’s interactions with humans and how he defines their
However, the devilish creature is intelligent and has a sincere heart and an innocent mindset. Being that his overarching goal is to work his way calmly into society; the wretch is emotionally unstable when the shunning of anybody he came into contact with became an impossible avoidance. He is well aware of this discriminatory rejection as he states, “the unnatural hideousness of my person was the chief object of horror with those who had formerly beheld me” (Shelley 133). The mere power of the monster’s disfigurement takes its toll on the witnesses, granted that it is seemingly unattainable for them to look within this helpless creature. The blind De Lacey is proficient in distinguishing the sincerity in the monster’s voice when confronted by him.