“The man trampled calmly over the child’s body and left her screaming on the ground” (3). Mr. Hyde ran over a young girl late into the night without feeling any guilt. Robert Louis Stevenson shows the archetypal theme of good and evil exists in all people in the novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde. Good and evil exist in all people and we struggle with these two forces. This is shown through Jekyll because he is good with a little bad in him, this is also shown through Hyde, who is evil with some good, and it is lastly shown with the lab because it brings good and evil into Jekyll’s life.
Since the beginning of human life, there has always been the oppositions of good and evil. Some have the assumption that a person is born good and can turn evil based on bad decisions made in their life. These people are optimistic; they see the goodness within everyone, even if they are a cold-hearted killer. While others believe you are born with a good soul or born with an evil soul. These people are pessimistic; they believe that the world is doomed and can offer them nothing.
The ¨Stanford Prison Experiment¨ was a breakdown of the morals and rules on how people would act toward one another due to their environment, rather than how they should. The study had created more questions than answers, specifically about the darkness and lack of moral standards that inhabits the human soul. It showed that methodical abuse and denial of human rights is nothing new in prison facilities. The novel Lord of the Flies shows how easily people become dangerous depending on their situation, and how easily humans become savages when there are no definite rules. Lord of the Flies and ¨The Stanford Prison Experiment¨ have many similarities in the way they both show the effects that occur when you lose all moral standards, and lack of rules.
In life, people tend to classify ideas into good and evil based on their views and beliefs. The novel, Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, portrays the life a six-year old boy named Antonio living around the time of World War II. Antonio faces many challenges in life as he grows into adulthood. In order to see what is good and evil, Antonio sees things as good if it agrees with his beliefs and sees things as evil if something threatens his beliefs. Many people in life think like Antonio, if people’s beliefs are agreed upon, they see it as good and if people beliefs are contradicted, it is seen as evil.
Imagine this, a world where good was an alien word and people worshipped Hitler and all of his horrible ways, but nobody knew right from wrong? In a society with no good and no god, the term humanity wouldn’t exist. If you looked outside your window there would be absolutely nothing good to your left and right, but wrong everywhere. In other words, you cannot be good without god.
In life, we have to make many choices. There is a constant struggle when it comes too good and evil. One cannot exist without the other. The choices we make however, determine the extent of our happiness. The obvious thing to say about evil is that it is the opposite of good.
Eric Burdon once said Inside each of us, there is the seed of both good and evil. It's a constant struggle as to which one will win. And one cannot exist without the other. We all have good and bad in us. It's just a matter of what we act on.
The existence of God has been presented by a multitude of philosophers. However, this has led to profound criticism and arguments of God’s inexistence. The strongest argument in contradiction to God’s existence is the Problem of Evil, presented by J.L Mackie. In this paper, I aim to describe the problem of evil, analyse the objection of the Paradox of Omnipotence and provide rebuttals to this objection. Thus, highlighting my support for Mackie’s Problem of evil.
Page The battle between good and evil in the epic, “Beowulf”, is still prevalent in our time today, and has actually always been. Throughout the course of human history, especially in literature, the battle between good and evil has been a significant focal point. This focal point can be seen in stories and poems from all over the world, throughout time. Authors in the past, who have had this as their focal point, have either snuck it in through symbolism and the reasons as to why the characters are who they are, or they place it in plain sight.
It is true that not everyone will always agree with whether something is viewed as good or evil. Many people come across good and evil every day without even knowing the difference. Good is usually viewed as the right morals, whereas evil is viewed as the wrong morals. Good could not exist without evil because evil is the absence of good. Different people have different outlooks on situations that affect their views of another person.