There are contrasting opinions about Cathy Ames within the characters from Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden, some of which are her neighbors whom she left them behind with "a scent of sweetness” (Steinbeck; Ch. 8); then there are other characters who thought of her as an inhuman monster who manipulates to do evil and destroy someone’s life. Her beauty does not reflect her actions, making her an innocent illusion, sugar coated, with despicable sprinkles, and poisonous filling. She mostly has evil intentions behind every - even good - action. Cathy can be nice and do good actions, but only with a selfish reason behind it, which shows how Steinbeck portrayed distorted evil in a woman and how this façade is all revealed and hated.
As the wise philosopher Albert Camus once said: “The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding” ("Albert Camus."). In the captivating short story Where Are You Going, Where Are you Been? Joyce Carol Oates is trying to show the readers that beauty and vanity can be sometimes harmful. Bored and tired of being ordinary, and still being treated as a child, the main character engaged in a rebellion that think will make her look older, more like an adult. The author also shows the readers how Connie’s obsession with her beauty, her dreaminess and carelessness of the world made her more ignorant and lack awareness.
They believe that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ whom they believe is the savior of the world. For that reason they routinely include Christian symbols and phrases into any decorations they put up for the holiday. Many feel it is their right, and some would argue it is their duty to do so. This is mainly due to the fact that Christians are taught they must not be ashamed of what they believe and they must tell others about their beliefs. They feel they must share what the Bible tells them is the truth so that others will convert to Christianity and be saved from going to
An anonymous person once said that “we aren’t called to shine our own lights; we are called to reflect His.” A born again Christian, once fully understanding the gospel and putting his or hers trust in Jesus, will desire to want to grow and obey God in order to honor and glorify Him, and since the only one who kept God’s law perfectly was Jesus, then one will want manifest and imitate Christ in everything he or she does. Not only does reflecting Christ’s image glorify God, it stands out to others as well. All true believers experience radical change because of the Spirit, and that change shines like a bright light towards other people leading them to ask, wonder, and desire that change and growth in their own lives as
People, for the most part, are inherently good. It is life that makes them evil, people are affected by events, influences, and circumstances. For the most part, there is an explanation for every “evil” person 's behavior. I will focus on the impact that conditions have on people, as well as the cases of inherently evil people. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is a perfect example of inherently good people making poor choices and hurting others because of the things that have impacted them.
In “Harrison Bergeron” and “The Possibility of Evil” a common theme is eliminating the evils of the world. In “Harrison Bergeron” society makes everyone handicapped to eliminate evils of the world that comes from being better than one another. “The Possibility of Evil”, demonstrates Miss Strangeworth’s feelings about the evils of the world. She feels as if it is her duty to fix the evils of the world. As it states in the story, “but as long as evil existed unchecked in the world, it was Miss Strangeworth's duty to keep her town alert to it.”
Therefore, the omnipotence of God’s authority is complete, and human beings must live with the circumstances of inequality by being able to choose evil over good. In a religious context, Swinburne has gathered much of “reasoning” from the Bible and other religious texts, which assume the existence of God through the moral tenets of “good” and “evil” as a criterion for God’s omnipotence and the free will that was given to human beings. Swinburne believes that there is a reason for all human choices, which has been defined by the moral authority of God in this interpretation of
The devil in the story is the subconscious and innate desires of humanity because he reveals that, “Evil is the nature of mankind. Evil must be your only happiness. Welcome again, my children, to the communion of your race” (Hawthorne 8). Once a person comes to the realization of his or her own personal
Whereas the proud speech of Melissa Range’s Trebuchet stands as a warning about the ways in which admirable and useful human ingenuity can be perverted to serve ugly and destructive purposes, the Bible in the Anglo-Saxon riddle “Some Enemy Took My Life” offers a Christ-like counter-example of the way that the violence of human craftsmanship can produce art that encourages a community of peace and love. Although the Trebuchet is an incredible contraption created from the potential and intellect of humans, it is used as a dreadful and destructive weapon that obliterates anything it can hit. While it may have been built from “harmless machines” (1), it suggests how humans can create something great from machines that may seem insignificant.
Faith and reason are the two wings that help the man to rise to the truth. Faith and Reason (Fides et Ratio) are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth. This expression leads Pope John Paul II 's encyclical "Fides et Ratio". After reading this encyclical, I was amazed in how Pope John Paul II, in so few many words is able to synthesize the core of his letter, the subject of truth, something essential in life and history of men. Thus, as Pope John Paul II sponsors the capacity of human reason to be aware of the truth and demand that faith and philosophy again find their profound unity.
"Work is our design and our dignity; it is also a way to serve God through creativity, particularly in the creation of culture.” This quote from Timothy Kellers ' Every Good Endeavor speaks profoundly to me, it sets the stage for the Christian existence. I enjoy that the line speaks of our service to God through our creativity. It is also nice to see the common "ruling of the world” exemplified through our service. Our ruling the world should be through stewardship or trusteeship versus an authoritarian ship, which is how some Christians think we are to rule the world.
Therefore we must either choose to accept or reject the idea of Him and either become a member of the Christian faith or not. We now possess knowledge of God and His gifts to us as humanity and are also aware of the steps needed to be taken in order to be saved. We can no longer use the excuse of ignorance to God. He also bestowed us with our own free will in order to love him and follow Him on our own, as He only wants moral and honest people as his followers.
These themes explored help to prove the musical as a work of art. One theme that is often found in works of are is the theme of good and evil. However, Don Sewers wrote, “Wicked shows the perils of turning the polarities of human nature--good and evil--into opposites--good or evil.”
Humans are now able to develop and maintain this relationship with God. What exactly should this relationship look like? According to Luther our relationship with God should be one that is respectful and dependent on God. The Small Catechism’s examination of The Creed provides examples of this, “I believe that God has made me and all creatures… and all this out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him. This is most certainly true,” (Luther 15).
Mormons themselves express their unity with the Christian faith, and argue to be Christians. The Mormon religion seems to believe that the purpose of life is to “receive a physical body, exercise agency and learn to choose between good and evil, learn and gain experience that will help you become more like your heavenly father, and to form family relationships that may become eternal. ”(Mormon.org) Now that the foundation has been laid with regards to the belief system of the individuals in the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, it is important to discuss their doctrine on death and the afterlife.