Costello is described in almost all character analysis performed on him as a by the book psychopath, authors at sparknotes, shmoop and novelguide all agree that Archie Costello uses power in a villainous fashion in an attempt to control Trinity high school without remorse or discrimination. He is stereotypically manipulative and evil. Descriptions of him used in the book are similar to those of Peter Wiggin, a character responsible for the psychological torment of the protagonist from Ender’s Game. Which, considering Wiggin managed to use his abilities to manipulate world leaders into eventual submission, is quite impressive and a testament to the abilities of Costello. Both are described as having a talent for finding the perfect thing to do or say to a person to hurt them the most and in the case of Archie this talent is used keep the Vigils in line, as well as the entire student and staff body.
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 ). This quote shows how strongly Hyde’s evil nature had progressed after being repressed for so long, and murdering Sir Danvers Carew. Although Hyde is described as dwarfish and deformed, Jekyll accepts him as a true part of himself. For example, Jekyll states “both sides of me were in dead earnest; I was no more myself when I laid aside restraint and plunged in shame, than when I labored, in the eye of the day, at the furtherance of knowledge or the relief of sorrow or suffering” (Stephenson 105). After Jekyll’s first transformation into Hyde, he stood in front of the mirror.
Night: The Psychology of Evil “The line between good and evil is permeable and almost anyone can be induced to cross it when pressured by situational forces,” said Philip Zimbardo after his 1971 Stanford mock trial prison experiment. Throughout the Zimbardo experiment, Zimbardo defined many terms such as dehumanization and deindividuation. Like Zimbardo, Eliezer, a young Jew from 1944 who was deported to multiple concentration camps and also wrote the novel Night, faced copious German militants who abused their power by dehumanizing their fellow humans by taking away essential items for human life such as food, drink, and freedom. Through the countless number of years that humanity has existed, victimizers who have been given power over others have chosen to abuse their fellow humans and make them victims of their rule. To study how power affects human nature, various psychological studies have been conducted to explain such behavior.
Every person is innately evil in some way. People may seem perfectly sane on the outside but on the inside they could be one of the most evil people. Whether it be a child, teen or adult everyone at any age can be innately evil. The idea of people being innately evil shows throughout many short stories such as The Lottery, The Most Dangerous Game and Tell-Tale Heart. In the three short stories the theme of evil is relevant in each.
Have you uncovered Victor’s true character yet? Throughout Frankenstein, surprisingly the reader can distinguish a number of differences, rather than similarities, between him and the creature regarding aspects of regret and murders that took place. These points also reveal that Victor is way more malicious, compared to the monster, because his sins outweigh those of the monster’s. Long ago in the late seventeen hundreds, lived a well of family that included a young fellow named Victor. With an interest in the science field, he had created a malicious creature.
We must remind ourselves that there are two sides to every story. Is Beowulf the hero or just a celebrated killer? The question to be asked is, “Just because we only see the bad qualities in someone, does that make them a monster? All the townspeople have ever known is Grendel kills everyone and destroys everything. All they see is destruction and evil.
According to him, praying and committing spiritual acts bring him one with god and thus improve not just his studies, but also his life quality. Moreover, Jimmy stated that Catholicism helped him to be friendly and open toward others and thus he got to know a lot more person by going to church than he could have if he wasn’t a Christian. I also asked Jimmy if he ever missed a sunday mass, he told me that he missed dozens since he got to Davis. “Sometime I do have time to go to church but if I don’t, I will have time to study. I did missed dozens.
The modern day world has seen and heard of so much evil that some of us have become numb to it, and begin instead to see evil as normal or ordinary in this lifetime. Almost everyday, we hear about mass shootings, bombings, murders, stabbings, and many more horrendous acts of violence. Numerous public figures, leaders, and passionate peace-makers have dedicated their lives trying to understand how a so-called “normal” human being can commit these crimes so ruthlessly. The answer lies in what we do with the evil that so evidently exists- do we ignore it and let it continue, or do we try and understand its complexity in detail in order to prevent these acts of evil from occurring so often? One fearless researcher who continuously succeeds in
Those true qualities of evil help show if a person is a human monster. Many people have minor qualities but do not have the label of serial killer. John Wayne Gacy is an excellent example of a human monster because of his actions of murder and rape while demonstrating that nurture can shape a person's personality proving human monsters are more terrifying than those we read about in fiction. The life of Gacy began in Chicago, Illinois where he and his family lived. He was born on the 17th day of march in 1942.
Scar had a jealous conscience and dark deep desires since Simba was the heir to the throne. Thus he wanted to murder Mufasa and Simba to seize the position. He murders Mufasa but Simba survived, Scar then advised Simba to run away, declaring he was responsible for the tragic death of his father and to never come back, like this he would not disturb his reign. The fervor for power led Scar to murder his own brother who was the king were horrendous actions shaped by power. Once Scar reigned he did as he pleased with his reign, at the end, there was no water or food left it to turn into an eerie place plenty of evilness.
The Motivation Behind Evil Throughout history, the concept of evil has been questioned and challenged by many. Philosophers, authors, and psychologists have tried to determine what evil is through literature and experiences. In British literature, stories such as Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, and Macbeth attempt to show the human concept of evil. These stories provide characters and circumstances to describe the motivations behind performing evil acts. Although there are many different theories about where evil comes from and why evil acts are committed, it is agreed that evil, in fact, exists within all humans.