It could be that he has damaged himself so that he is unable to feel empathy for others - or that the evil is innate. Macbeth displays some very evil characteristics - selfishness, coldness, obsession and cold-blooded murder. Shakespeare explores the degree to which he alone is responsible, and how far others contribute to Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare's greatest exploration of the problem of evil. Evil is positioned both within and without. The witches are objective figures but Macbeth's first utterance in act 1, scene 3 suggests that he shares a similar thought with the witches.
In East of Eden, Steinbeck accentuates the theme of the confrontation between good and evil by specifying that some people become evil and others are born evil. But what creates a greater dilemma is what Steinbeck later states. Posterior Steinbeck introduces thou mayest which means that everyone has a choice. Steinbeck implies his belief that Cal and Aron both have the power to make their own choices and change their fate and choose to be good or evil. East of Eden is all about the struggle of this concept.
The Possibility of Evil Evil exists everywhere in the world and especially in the human race. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary evil means “morally reprehensible: sinful or wicked.” Within the short story “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson Miss. Strangeworth’s comportment can be deduced as evil. Yet if the reader were to construe Miss. Strangeworth’s actions the reader would find that Miss.
Using Card’s definition, both events would be considered evils. I argue that this line of reasoning is confused. A person’s intention should play a role in whether or not her action is evil. In the first example, the driver does not intend to fall asleep at the wheel and as a result the action is merely bad (more specifically, driving while sleep deprived is bad: falling asleep is neither good nor bad). In the second example, the driver decides to murder the pedestrian: the action is evil.
Postulating that indifference is a dangerous road, he wants the reader to understand that indifference can have unintended consequences that will eventually lead to atrocities. He starts putting the reader into this mind set by asking, “ what will the legacy of this vanishing century be?” (Wiesel 533). Wiesel wants to engulf the reader in a cone of tumultuous emotions so that they may be cautious and vigilant against the evils of irrelevance. He provides many examples of how indifference is dangerous and how indifference can bring about the demise of civilized society. The capacity for society to revert back into accepting atrocities is why Wiesel’s formulates his speech to caution the audience.
The Screwtape Letters and the Challenge of Interpretation The Screwtape Letters, written by C.S. Lewis, are made up of a series of beautifully worded corresponding between a young and unexperienced demon, known as Wormwood, and a seasoned, veteran demon known as Screwtape. The information being communicated between the two, consists solely of the techniques involved in the corruption and manipulation of the human mind. Their purpose is to, unknowingly to humanity, infuse evil and remove or completely avoid Christianity in one’s life. The letters are displayed as a guide towards the undoing of good in a life by pointing out the weaknesses, flaws, and behaviors of men.
Evil involves the immorality manifested in people and their actions; the greed, lust and manipulation in society, whilst disregarding their morals and values, to embrace the darkness within. The notion of evil being perennial and omnipresent is strongly supported by Joseph Conrad’s, ‘Heart of Darkness’, and Ruth W. Grant’s introduction to, ‘Naming Evil, Judging Evil’, revolving around the concept of ‘nature vs nurture’. The nature of a person is the innate and inherent features that come naturally, whereas the nurturing is a person’s context and upbringing- their life’s experiences and teachings. If evil exists in the nature of man, it will always be present and recurring. Even though a person’s humanity can suppress and subdue the evil, it will, when given the opportunity, flare - resulting in a cyclical nature of evil.
Golding's novel "The Lord of the Flies" reflects upon human society and shows how, if put the ideal situation, the evil held inside man can emerge from the depths in which it is contained and come to light in the most alarming and upsetting ways. The two major sets of systems in the novel are the ones in place during Ralph democratic rule, and the ones in place during Jacks dictatorial rule. In both cases the systems within either end in failure, or are distorted into a blatant form of evil. "Golding inveighs against those who think it is the political or other systems that create evil. Evil springs from the depth of man himself - it is the wickedness in human beings that creates evil systems or that changes what from the beginning is, or
Furthermore Christians believe that evil creatures are fallen, originally good creatures created by God. Satan (or the devil) is the embodiment or 'personification' of evil, the great enemy of God, the opposser of all that is good and the promoter of all that is evil (Matthew 5:37). Satan is wicked, a liar, deceitful, arrogant, cruel and a murderer who exists only to destroy what is good. Satan is the author of evil but is distinctly unoriginal. Satan simply corrupts what is good.