Indeed, men when the realization of wrong in them selves is seen attempt to correct their misdeed. Pride causes one to refuse to admit wrong and this is seen in Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles. Oedipus, in Oedipus Rex, when confronted with the possibility of him being the murder of Liaus repudiates the warning, refusing to listen because fear and prideGrips his better judgment and clouds his wisdom. "Thou didst: but I was misled by my fear. "[Pg 59, Oedipus Rex -Sophocles].
Sidney continues the cynical thought by quoting, “band of all evils”. This continues to establish his despise towards desire itself by calling it the devils trail. The speaker wanted people to recognize that its not the fulfilling feeling someone retracts from desire but more of the glimmering repeal. It is conveyed through poetic devices that indicate a sour approach regarding “desire” by Sidney. Therefore, when alliteration
At others, however, he seems to want something else, or is genuinely dissatisfied with his life and with the way he is. Later in the story, The Misfit says he wishes he would have been there with Jesus, then he may not have turned out to be the kind of person he is, a malicious cold serial killer. The question is whether these are actually beginnings of faith, or whether it is just a wish. The author clearly addresses the personal struggle of faith and being stubborn and not wanting to accept any help from anyone. The reader almost feels sorry for The Misfit because he seems so confused and helpless.
In comparison of The Lottery and The Most Dangerous Game both Connell and Jackson convey to the readers that man is inherently evil and that choices made based on societal standards, traditions, and learned behavior may not be the morally correct choice. This confirms the passage of Scripture from Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (KJV) The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell and The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson share a common theme which is showing the darker side of humans, that humans possess evil tendencies and that the morals of people can be corrupted. Connell and Jackson show us that injustice and cruelty in society can be accepted as a normal behavior. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson has an unknown
How can we acquire greater certainty regarding the sources of our factual claims? Can you think of an example of a poor or weak inference that leads to confusion and controversy in some real-world moral debate? What does Weston suggest for dealing with “contested terms”? Why do you think that certain words/concepts/phrases become controversial and contested? Why?
Dimmesdale’s masochistic and pious attributes greatly contribute to the extent of his alienation. For the reverend it was “essential to his peace to feel the pressure of a faith about him.” This need for punishment coupled with religious devotion gives reason for Dimmesdale’s secrecy. Hiding his intimate self from other people bestows Dimmesdale the punishment he so desperately seeks. His mental breakdown stemming from his social alienation is most clearly shown in the chapter the “The Minister’s Vigil”. His self-torture leads him to walk “under the influence of a species of somnambulism”, thinking irrationally in a way not like himself.
He even admitted his evilness to himself stating to Dimmesdale, "I have already told you what I am a fiend!" (Hawthorne 158). The ever growing corruption and evil inside of Chillingworth collided with the good that Dimmesdale, Hester, and Pearl were bringing into the world. Hawthorne hints the innate nature of the good and evil of both sides towards the end of the novel, by describing that Chillingworth is viewed badly by the town but Dimmesdale and Hester are viewed as good people. It is in this way that Roger Chillingworth's specific use in the novel is to portray the conflict good versus evil.
The Possession of Evil Jean- Jacques Rousseau once said, “Our greatest evils flow from ourselves.” Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter intermittently argues over the manifestation of evil. Throughout the novel, evil is exemplified through Chillingworth, Dimmesdale, and Pearl as Puritan values influence their ideas of evil in the world. First, this evil is displayed through Chillingworth’s carefully schemed revenge when Hester abandons his love. Second, Dimmesdale neglects his family through denial of the truth, which is a further infliction of evil. Lastly, Pearl’s abandonment from her father and isolation from society brings about the evil she demonstrates.
This caused the monster to feel hatred: “if I cannot inspire love I will cause fear, and chiefly towards you my archenemy, because my creator, do I swear inextinguishable hatred.” There is a use of contrast in this quote: love vs. fear, bringing out the message that the monster has experienced discrimination and all the love in him was taken away, and to be replaced by hatred. This again is because of the creator’s lack of ability; he
Some people use their power in a wrong way, and commit crimes because they want even more power that they already have. The blinding act marks a turning point in the play, because some actions like cruelty, betrayal, and even madness may be reversible, but blinding is not. Gloucester reflects the profound despair that drives him to desire his own death, after being blinded by Cornwall and Regan, “As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport” (4.1.37–38). More important, he emphasizes one of the play’s principal themes, the question of whether there is justice in the universe. Gloucester’s philosophical musing here offers an outlook of miserable despair, he