Firstly, evil is shown in the characters that the reader sees in the novels through the “friendship” (less like friendship in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) of some of the most prominent characters. In Othello, we see a connection of what seems to be friendship between Othello and Iago, yet there is an underlying behavior characterized as evil, Iago’s mischievous manipulation of his boss, Othello. Iago behaves in a way that seems normal to Othello, nothing out of the ordinary. The readers know that Iago is acting with evil intentions, however. Iago has an ability to cover evil in a mask of innocence and goodness.
He ultimately wanted to escape the pressure of Victorian society. He wanted to avoid committing to one kind of life, being either respected or frowned upon. By changing into Hyde, Jekyll would be able to express his reckless behaviors without any consequences. Hyde slowly became stronger over time and began to take over. Jekyll says “All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil” (Stephenson ).
Temptation Ramifications In Stevenson's novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jekyll gives Lanyon, his distant friend, a critical choice: he can take the potion Lanyon had helped him obtain or he can leave without any explanation. He says “will you be wise? Will you be guided?...or has the greed of curiosity too much commanded you...as you decide you shall be left …. neither richer nor wiser.”
Throughout the novel Grendel by John Gardner, Grendel comes across as a ruthless monster who takes pride in murdering others. His actions give the impression that he is an evil figure, but in hindsight he is not as evil as he appears to be. Gardner makes the readers feel sympathy for Grendel because Grendel lives a lonely life, is consistently treated poorly, and attempts to make peace. If Grendel was truly evil, readers would have difficulty having sympathy for him. Therefore, Grendel is not evil and is no different than the rest of humanity.
Edmund Burke once stated, "the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." As long as society exists the concept of good and evil will always be a central conflict. However, it is dangerous to simply believe that some people are innately good or bad. When talking about good and evil, good is the idea that people have the ability to empathize with other people, to feel compassion for them, and to put other people 's needs before their owns. In contrast, evil takes over when a good person is no longer able to empathize or care about another human being.
A Questionable Flaw In a fight between good versus evil, good is the recurring victor. However, when the good and evil are fighting within oneself, the outcome is not as desired as we wish it would be. Abraham Lincoln once said, “I would rather be a little nobody than an evil somebody.” Although good should definitely triumph evil, most people struggle between the two and it is a recurrent flaw.
While Matt is completely unaware of the cruel treatment of clones in this world, his own journey starts with cruel treatment by Rosa, as well as compassion from Maria. These conflicting viewpoints are confusing to Matt in figuring out who he really is and what he wants to become. Even though he suffers from bullies, starvation and prejudice, his intentions are always positive just like that of an archetypal hero. Matt relies on teachings from Tam Lin and Celia, who help him figure out who he truly is and make him
Grendel is Good Nihilism is perhaps the most important philosophy presented in Grendel. This idea is paramount because it informs the reader that there is no good or evil, just people with different agendas. Grendel may be a demon, but he’s a victim of the world. His communication barrier distanced him not only from his mother, but from the humanity he was fascinated with. His loneliness and false belief in nihilism drove him to become the very monster humans thought him to be.
The word “evil,” according to Merriam-Webster, means “morally bad.” With such a vague definition, how can one discern the truth behind what is good and what is evil? John Gardner’s novel Grendel provides multiple philosophical outlooks demystifying the epic poem Beowulf’s antagonist. Grendel is a monster, however Gardner clearly asserts through multiple philosophies that not all monsters are inherently evil. Grendel proves not to be evil due to his belief in solipsism.
Having Hyde as a second personality he changed from a good kind doctor to an evil monster with o soul. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was just one person with two personalities. He was a troubled man that needed help. He wanted an alter ego to handle what he really wanted to do; it was his cover so he doesn’t lose any of his status as Dr. Jekyll. I you think about it Dr. Jekyll was an evil man who wanted to get away with many wrong things, and thus he created his mask Mr.
Dr. Jekyll is seemingly good, kind, and benevolent; while is not purely good he is a moral gentleman. He started his experiment so he could totally separate the bad and the good in himself into two separate beings. He did not succeed, however, for Dr. Jekyll is plagued by the feeling that he wants to become evil again, thus he wants to become Mr. Hyde. It is important to note that Mr. Hyde is completely evil; he has no goodness in him, in contrast to Dr. Jekyll who was a troubled mix. Mr. Hyde feels no remorse for any evil he has done and actually feels elated when he does commit a moral sin.
The protagonist of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, Samuel “Sam” Spade, is a very mysterious man; one who trusts only himself. He solves the problems he encounters alone, and without the help of authority. To him, both the law and ideas of morality impede his work as a detective. This disregard for both written and tacit law leads to assumptions that, as a person, he is wholly amoral, to the extent that he is considered a devil. There are comparisons between him and the devil throughout the novel -
Jekyll and Hyde, viewed as individuals, are positioned on opposite sides of a nature spectrum; Jekyll embodies purity and holiness, where as Hyde signifies the virulent, primitive side. Essentially, the two men are complete opposites. However, one must ask this question: “why did Dr. Jekyll create Mr. Hyde?” Jekyll created Hyde with the intention of ridding himself of evil, so that he would be able to exist as himself (Dr. Jekyll) and have a completely pure soul; however, he “had come to a fatal cross-roads” and was presented with a temptation. He realized he would be able to become Mr. Hyde with the gulp of his potion; therefore, he could commit scandalous acts while retaining his strong reputation as Dr. Jekyll.
However, at the end, we connect the brains to show that they are interconnected. Initially, Elijah questions his existence in this world, however near the end of the movie he reveals that his existence is because of David. He seldom cares about the casualties he caused because he realizes his true identity is one of a villain. In every story, a superhero can not exist without a villain.