Phenomenon of evil in the human heart Evil is a sin, it is a force in nature that presides over, and gives rise to wickedness and corruption. Some may think of evil as a separation from God and usually can be personified by the form of Satan. Phenomenon of evil can exist in many forms that can be hidden within ourselves and others. In the short story "Young Goodman Brown, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hawthorne writes about a man whose faith cannot save him from the evil that lies around him and others. In "The Cask of Amontillado" Edgar Allen Poe illustrates that evil can be revealed through revenge, and it only brings malice and cruelty to this world.
However, upon realizing had created an abomination as he finished, he flees, “…now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (Shelley 35). After a long and grueling process, Frankenstein regarded the creature as horrid, malicious, heartless, inhuman, and uncouth – simply, a monster. He wanted to create life so bad that it became an obsession for him as he would go to any extreme to reach his goal.
He was very scared and his belief in that he was a true Christian was gone. He now thinks that everyone he sees is evil and he doesn 't trust anyone. He lives the rest of his life in fear. Hawthorne is trying to explain the importance of human nature and how to understand it. In the story he tries to show that everyone has a little evil in them and that 's what Brown realizes when he meets the Devil.
From the beginning of the poem, the main character is portrayed as evil, as he interacts with the setting, the Caucasus, in a tyrannical way. Despite this, the idea of the Demon being of bad nature is just the surface description of the character since he “sowed evil without enjoyment”. This creates a new depth to the character and begins to highlight the idea that he isn 't content with the way he is “living” and seeks something deeper. As the story develops, we begin to see that the Demon is motivated to cause terror by very real, human characteristics and begins to project them. The Demon has the desire to break free of his isolation and sees the chance to do so when he is captivated by his love interest
“Young Goodman Brown” In the short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Faith” is the name of Young Goodman Brown’s wife and is also a metaphor for his inner faith in God. When Brown chooses an evening of sin and deceit, before being completely honest and devoted to his wife, Faith, he embarks on a journey that will change his life forever. Down a dark and crooked path, Brown comes face to face with the devil himself. Satan gives Young Goodman Brown a stark glimpse into the very evil of this world and the evil within man.
Proctor also admits to elizabeth “ My honesty is broke, Elizabeth; I am no good man.” (Miller 136) In saying this, proctor takes responsibility for what he did, thus proving that he knows his actions are what caused him to be where he is at. In the end proctor says “ let rebecca nurse go like a saint; for me it is fraud” and “it is evil and I do it.”
Despite their deeply religious values, the members of the Puritan Society in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible are equally as sinful as the rest of the world. The Puritans, known for coming to God when given any matter at hand, lay blame on the Devil, regardless of their contradictory values. By putting blame on him for their wrongdoings, the Devil earns power by the Puritans resorting to involving him in a situation whenever any one thing goes wrong. Power is defined by one’s reputation, status, wealth, gender, and age.
It solidifies the boys’ irrational fears and reinforces their belief in the beast—they’re afraid. This contributes to the barbarity they display later on in the novel through the use of savage tactics in order to combat their intensified fears. It simultaneously is a true indication of the boys’ evil nature, revealing the worst of their
The Puritans use Hester as an example of what will happen if one commits adultery. Later in the novel, Dimmesdale confesses his guilt and unbearable misery to Hester in the forest: Mine burns in secret! Thou little knowest what a relief it is, after the torment of a seven years’ cheat, to look into an eye that recognizes me for what I am (Hawthorne 176)! Dimmesdale expresses signs of guilt throughout the novel to himself and to Hester. He speaks about his never-ending sin.
Thus, O’Connor meticulously crafts the Misfit as villain, molded through unfair
Kingsolver’s first goal of the Poisonwood Bible is proposing how an individual could make peace with the aftermath of their worst mistakes and flaws, as shown through the voices of the Price girls. Kingsolver’s decision to leave Nathan Price voiceless represents the seemingly untouchable arrogance and offensiveness of large powers that drag peaceful innocents into conflict for their own gain. Nathan has no voice because Kingsolver wanted him to be viewed from the outside. Nathan is the uncontrollable darkness that festers in humanity; he is the crimes of a previous generation that are inherited by a new, unsympathetic one that is helpless to change its past and must come to terms with it. Therefore Kingsolver’s main goal of the Poisonwood Bible was for different generations and their individuals to question their preexisting beliefs and spark moral conversations and debates amongst each
The Danger of A Walk With the Devil: The Consequence of Sin and Guilt in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” As Canadian author William Paul Young once said, “sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside.” In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown,” Goodman Brown’s life and entire being is demolished by his sins, never to return to what it once was. Through a guilt-filled journey of sin, Goodman Brown struggles with his faith, his grasp on reality, but most importantly, life as he knows it. By losing everything, Young Goodman Brown suffers the ultimate punishment of lifelong pain and suffering.
“The knowledge that makes us cherish innocence makes innocence unattainable” (Howe). Everyone has innocence, however, the paths taken and decisions made throughout life are what destroy it. In relation to innocence, the short story, “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, displays the situational archetype, the inevitable loss of innocence. Many situations show the character, Young Goodman Brown’s, loss of innocence; such as the decision he makes to meet the devil, as well as the experience he takes part in with the holy people of Salem to worship the devil, and finally, the idea that if this is all a dream, the inner evil inside of Young Goodman Brown. Young Goodman Brown’s journey begins as he decides to make arrangements to meet
In “Young Goodman Brown,” Nathaniel Hawthorne introduces his clever use of ambivalence to tell the heart-wrenching story of how one man loses faith in all of humanity. Falling into a state of ambivalence, always questioning one’s thoughts and senses, can create a sagacity of uneasiness. Goodman Brown’s ambivalence rises as he embarks on a journey through the dark forest alongside the Devil, discovers the evil within himself, and ultimately, realizes his faith has vanished. Suggesting the presence of evil in ordinary people, Brown’s uncertainty reveals to him the idea that any man can sin causing him to stray away from the faith in mankind. The state in which Brown is always wondering what is real or unreal leads to a life of despair that he