In the romantic novel, The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays Roger Chillingworth as the prime example of pure evil. Chillingworth is characterized as a symbol for evil because Hawthorne illustrates him and his thoughts as being associated with the devil and Hell. Through Hawthorne’s descriptions, Chillingworth’s malevolent ideas and eagerness to expose Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale are revealed. Consequently, Chillingworth serves as the antagonist in the novel because of his plot to seek vengeance on and torment Dimmesdale. Through the use of figurative language and syntax, Chillingworth’s description and his actions symbolize him as a mysterious and wild evil doing the devil’s bidding.
In the poem Beowulf, there is a contrast between good and evil. This distinction is presented through the monsters Grendel and his mother, in parallel to the hero Beowulf. The themes of evil and monstrosity are therefore used in the story, as a way to create the notion of Grendel and his mother as monsters. Beowulf therefore appears as a character representing good. Although Beowulf shows traits of abnormal power, like Grendel and his mother, his motifs are interpreted differently.
Not surprisingly, Shakespeare’s writing strongly reflected ideas about witchcraft in his time. In Macbeth, Shakespeare’s witch plans the harm she will cause another’s husband, who is a sailor on a ship (Levin 2), exemplifying the witch who is able able to cause adverse events, causing harm, or punishing others. Also, the witches attempted to use ‘image magic’, which is when a person creates a wax figure and then harms that figure, thus causing harm to the actual person (Levin 6). This idea of abstract magical power contrasted with witchcraft in the Dark Ages where power was derived more from knowledge and use of specific herbs and potions. The invention of the printing press similarly had the ironic effect of spreading belief in witches along
In his book, William Shakespeare, Terry Eagleton offers a controversial insight to the role of the Witches in Macbeth. Eagleton views the Witches as the heroines of the drama for exposing the truth about the hierarchal social order describing it as, the pious self-deception of a society based on routine oppression and incessant warfare (Eagleton 1986:2). This essay will explore the implications of Eagleton’s insights, showing that even though they are controversial and original, they can very well be accurate. This will be done taking into consideration the historical context of the play, the role of the Witches as agents of fate and darkness, as well as the influence of masculinity and a hierarchal social order in the play. William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth during the early 1600s.
In Mark Jarman’s “Unholy Sonnet 1” the Trinity is represented though vivid images and language to illustrate that comprehending the Trinity is something out of a person understanding. Jarman, to provide the reader with the knowledge that he is talking about the Trinity refers to God in three ways in a single line, “Dear God, Heavenly Father, Gracious Lord” (1). This line shows the use of language to describe the Trinity which is made up of The Father, Son, and The Holy Spirit. Then the author goes on throughout the first half of the poem capitalizing words that relate to God to show each word as a pronoun, “Mother Love and Maker, Light Divine…Oasis That All Sands Are Running Toward” (1,8) Not only does the capitalization of the words suggest
The Allegory of The Devil and Tom Walker In the story, “The Devil and Tom Walker”, the author, Washington Irving, uses symbolic devices, and farfetched stories in order to convey to the audience a hidden meaning. Irving claims the story was just a, “legend”, but from further examination in the text the audience can conclude that this story is an allegory. The main character, Tom Walker is portrayed as an epitome for greed, and is shown how this theme can corrupt someone's life. Throughout the story there are many symbolic clues Irving includes to hint to this story being an allegory. A famous critic wrote about this allegory, “Irving certainly never intended “The Devil and Tom Walker” to be taken as a folktale.
The song is a prayer that calls upon the gods: Zeus, healer-god of Delos, the immortal child of golden Hope, deathless Athena, Artemis, Phoebus himself. Primarily, the Chorus asks for a defence against two other gods: Hades and Ares. The choral ode clearly makes a distinction between the benevolent and malevolent gods – the ‘beloved’ and the
In the Holy Bible, it states this, “ And he answered, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”(Luke 10:17). David Nelson from Prophetic Ministry stated, “Our flesh, emotions and mind can create a very pleasing script for our lives that may reflect our deepest longings and desires.”(www.propheticministryiowa.com). In the poem Beowulf, Beowulf’s lust and thirst for fame drove him to obtain the things he longed for. In the poem it states the following, “But Beowulf longed only for fame.”(40). Beowulf’s longing and thirst for fame was his motivation behind slaying Grendel and his Mother.
Gogol the artist investigates the nature of the mystical essence in the light of laughter;” (qtd. in Stauffer 24). Gogol recognized the devil and saw this as being real so he included this a part in his novels. He set this as an important part of his stories, hence “evil spirits” as this novel 's theme. Such example added emphasis of his imagination as the narrator consoles that Thomas had drew a circle around him.
However , in my and other views , Satan is the hero of Paradise Lost , my point of view depending on some features that we use to determine the hero in our real lives . The two important features that found in Satan's character is savvy and persuasion . These Satan's characteristics appeared in the beginning of the epic . When Satan was angry because he has just fallen from heaven . So , he decided to Launch a revolution against God but , he was not sure if that revolution would win or not .
This is most certainly true,” (Luther 15). Humans must know and admit to the fact that they are the creation of God, and that this should be honored above all things. This shows that God is all powerful and humans must recognize and respect that. The Lord’s Prayer also shows outright respect to God with its First Petition. The First Petition state “Hallowed be Thy name,” and Luther explains that “God’s name is indeed holy in itself; but we pray in this petition that it may become holy among us also,” (Luther “Small Catechism” 19).
The Priestly and Yahwistic sources in Genesis 1-11 inform our reading of the Old Testament in an orderly, intimate and specific ways. The Priestly character of God has to do with order and structure and the Yahwistic character of God is more intimate and personal. Although Genesis 1 is a Universal story and Genesis 2 is a specific story God is the main character of them both. In Genesis 1 God created the heavens and the earth and all humanity, “out of nothing” (dCW Lecture# 3). God spoke creation into existence in Genesis 1 and acted as a ruler or instructor from a distance, by saying “let there be” and “God said” (Gen 1: 1-31) God also named creation and saw that it was good throughout Genesis 1.
2012, 1.1.12). The paradox behind this principle suggests that the witches are disdainful towards the laws of human nature, morality, and ethics. Their embodiment of pure evil allows the witches to find meaning and delight in the harshest of things. Furthermore, this belief shows that for them, there is a clear dichotomy between appearance and reality. This acts as an affirmation in the play because the line is delivered as an incantation that foreshadows a reversal of good and evil.