The Devil influences the villagers of Salem, Massachusetts by using their ongoing fear of him to manipulate their thoughts and actions in a manner to set himself in the highest position by the end of the Act 1. As the Puritans lean toward blaming the Devil for their misgivings and suspicions, he gains control of their thoughts. Ruth and Betty pretend to fall ill after Reverend Parris catches them in the forest with Tituba and other girls, partaking in what is considered to be witchcraft: an act that defies the laws of femininity in the Puritan society. Mrs. Putnam does not buy her daughter Ruth’s act; rather, she sees it as “‘the Devil’s touch”’ which “‘is heavier than sick”’ (13). Believing that the Devil
On the one hand, he has his conscience, which pushes him toward obedience to Shylock, (his master). On the other is his prejudice, which sees Jews as devils. He says ““Fiend,” say I, “you counsel well.” To be ruled by my conscience I should stay with the Jew my master, who, God bless the mark, is a kind of devil. And to run away from the Jew I should be ruled by the fiend, who, saving your reverence, is the devil himself.”
How could one man be so dark he goes and wants the devil instead of God. The last thing Chillingworth says is “What evil have I done this man” (16). This is referring to when he tortures him, but nobody knows. The irony of this statement is that he won 't be getting tortured later, but chillingworth will now have to have the evil about torturing
In addition to causing the people to, it causes people’s personalities to parallel with the Devil. Giles Corey is a man known for having a court record, due to constant attempt to obtain the land of others. John Proctor claims that Giles “cannot say (...) good morning without [clapping] him for defamation”, because “it [is] the Devil’s fault” (31). The Devil claims power in this situation considering that the effect that he has on Giles is one that strips away his morals as a human being. Similarly, but in a contrasting locality, during this time period, it is known that the Devil’s abilities are able to convert even the purest and sinless people away from God.
However, it is dreadfully important to recognize that Oedipus does not know anything not after Teiresias enlighten him. Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, the imagery of light and darkness was used in the characterizations of Teiresias – the old blind prophet
For example, Drummond says, “Extend the Testaments! Let us have a Book of Brady! We shall hex the Pentateuch and slip you in neatly between Numbers and Deuteronomy!” (101) These words, directed at Brady from Drummond, are rather unnecessary and cruel on Drummond’s part. In addition, Henry Drummond appears to be a very intimidating and malicious evolutionist.
It’s death, y’know, it’s death drivin’ into them, forked and hoofed.” (13). All of the concerns revolved around the hatred and fear of the Devil. Being Puritans means the people cannot have a
Dante’s portrayal of Satan shows him to be monstrous and empty as he does not fulfill any satisfaction that is felt if something is missing in one’s life. The thing that is missing in the readers’ lives is God as only God can satisfy our desire. This paradox of Satan by Dante speaks truth as to the fact he is both monstrous and empty. This is an astounding idea to think but it makes sense as he is seen with three heads gnawing on the sinners in the final realm of Hell, Judecca, but is also empty as he is the epitome of sin and, as said earlier, sin is empty and never truly
He is called by King Hrothgar to defend his people from the "evil" Grendel. Normally, it is really unlikely that the antagonist of a book or poem turns out to be the most interesting one, but in Beowulf, this is the case. Grendel is a demon, but a demon mainly driven by human emotions. According to the poem, Grendel is by lineage, a member of "Cain’s clan, whom the creator had outlawed / and condemned as outcasts.” (Beowulf, 106–107)
Hamlet states, “ The spirit that I have seen, may be the devil, and the devil hath power, T’ assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps, out of my weakness and my melancholy, as he is very potent with such spirits, abuses me to damn me” (II.ii.627-632). The ghost resembles his father and leaves Hamlet confused and concerned. From the quote in the play, Hamlet believes that the ghost could possibly be the devil trying to persuade him into evil to continue his suffering. He also believes the ghost is targeting him because of his suffering; making him more vulnerable to evil. After numerous interactions between Hamlet and the ghost, the ghost reveals that he is Hamlet’s father.
In our civilization, people are not put on trial for similar conditions, but Puritans considered that witchcraft was an immorality opposing God and condemned by death. The theocratic union of the territory controlled precisely in all trials relevant to imagined
First of all, the girls, including us, will be damned for working and dealing with the devil. This alone will make the people of Salem have a grotesque view of us and we would almost never be able to redeem our previous image. If we are accused, we either have to say we are guilty and live with our reputation or we deny the charges and get hung for something we did not do. Also, you must ponder on the question, if truth not told, how will it affect your relationship with John Proctor?
So keep an open mind when dealing with religion. Some do not believe there is a God, or that God cease to exist. But that is another story for another
”(Chapter 1, pg. 425). Voltaire criticizes a lot of things during the Candide, but one certain one stuck out in my mind. It was his criticism of the church, to me it’s like he doesn’t want to believe that God is good, he wants to believe that earth has been traded to the devil and that we are all going to Hell. I do not agree with this because I know that God is good and we aren’t all going
Throughout the novel, the struggle David faces with his family, friends and loved ones, all relates to him not being about to accept or come to terms with his identity. Instead, it feels like a roller coaster of emotions… “I don't know, now, when I first looked at Hella and found her stale, found her body uninteresting, her presence grating. It seemed to happen all at once—I suppose that only means that it had been happening for a long time.” (Baldwin) David introduces his confusion in the beginning of the narrative when he talks about Hella.