“A Rose for Emily” written by William Faulkner and “The Possibility of Evil” written by Shirley Jackson have both created characters in which they display evil. Emily Grierson and Adela Strangeworth have different wishes of outcome, when it comes to what they have done, but yet are still quite similar. Both stories take place in rather small, quiet towns, where it doesn’t seem that most others are aware of what these women do. Both Emily and Adela’s similarities and actions display their possibility of evil. Adela Strangeworth writes negative notes, accusing people of things, that she has no real evidence of.
Everyone has their own values, and is hoped that these values can be held when their integrity is challenged. In Shakespeare’s, Othello, characters experience self corruption and decay that ultimately alters their moral and logical values for the worse, which is due to their emotional responses, when troubling situations are presented. Characters, such as Othello and Desdemona, have allowed these emotions of jealousy and love to affect their own self perceptions of morality and logic. A depiction of moral decay or corruption can be seen through Othello’s confrontations throughout the story. He has allowed his feelings of jealousy to blind him so much, that he has come up with unnecessary justifications for killing the woman he loves.
Throughout the story, the mask is revealed and the reader gets to see that what may look scary and evil, can be something very different on the inside. This story shows that the evil may be what you thought was the good, and what you thought was good was the evil. But, this also depends on the reader’s personal opinions, creating it a grey zone.The battle between good and evil also relates to our world today, outside of literature. As I stated in the above paragraph, the definition of good and evil is a brey zone; especially in the present state of the world. There are so many crazy things going on in this world that people do not understand.
Ironically he does so by doing nothing. Nick Carraway’s passive nature leads to the many mishaps in the novel, which stresses the idea that not being evil does not necessarily make someone a good person. Had Carraway been less apathetic, the death of Gatsby and of Myrtle could have been prevented. The issues in the novel are rooted in Carraway’s passive tendencies towards the actions of the people around him. “I’m inclined to reserve all judgements” (1) Nick states at the beginning of the novel, which instantly sets up his passivity.
There are still some bad people in the world, and sometimes they aren’t who you would expect. Shirley Jackson uses different ways to trick the readers in, The Lottery, and, The Possibility of Evil. These two short stories involve two small towns and an ironic ending for the female protagonists. The stories are meant to use different types of irony to fool the readers or the protagonist. A big reason why these short stories are so similar is because the author conveys everything as being innocent, and juvenile and turns into something completely unexpected.
The concept of illusion versus reality is evident in both works through similarities in plot, similarities in symbolism, and differences in character. To begin with, the plot of both the allegory and the film comparably prove that the physical world one sees is not the reality. Firstly, in both the allegory and the movie, the protagonists are trapped in a false reality their
In his preface, Racine states that the idea was “too base and too dark to put in the mouth of a princess” (Racine 75), but it also serves to remove some of the fault from Phaedra and place it on Oenone, who was previously blameless. Distributing guilt among the characters alleviates, strictly speaking, the presence of a traditional antagonist or protagonist allowing for the focus to be on the misdeeds rather than the perpetrator. Through this, the audience is forced to consider the vices and virtues of the play outside of traditional tropes of heroes and villains. Had Phaedra decided on her own to accuse Hippolytus, Phaedra would likely be seen as a story about an evil crazy lady rather than as a play about virtue. Contrarily, Phaedra cannot be completely innocent and must be
Appearances don't always comply with reality. A closed mind on a topic or an circumstance will likely lead to a deceitful or improper outcome. 'Fair is foul, and foul is fair', the most identifiable quotation within Macbeth. It is also the conclusion to one of the utmost crucial themes of this tragedy: appearance and reality. Shakespeare uses an assortment of characters and situations to highlight the confusion amid the real and the surreal, the fake and the authentic, the forged absolute.
Deception, by its definition is known as an immoral deed, a one-dimensional act that conceals the truth. This statement however, with regards to Shakespeare’s plays proves to be false. The act of deception can be both for the good and bad. The reasons or intentions one could deceive another can be out of necessity as like Rosalind and Celia from As You Like It, Rosalind’s need to hide her gender in order to stay alive in the Forest of Arden. Or like in Othello deception can be used as a manipulative tool to catalyse pure evil, shown through the character of Iago.
People can justify their evil by claiming to protect people from others evil. In The Possibility of Evil, Miss Strangeworth’s idealistic evil keeps the townspeople from being happy. Miss Strangeworth’s idea of a utopian society requires that the townspeople are protected from the “possible evil lurking nearby” (Jackson 226), and she does this by writing dishonest letters to the townspeople believing that “the town where she lived hat to be kept clean and sweet” (Jackson 226). However, this causes the townspeople to be miserable because of Miss Strangeworth’s letters, and although people did not show their disdain for Miss Strangeworth at first, they do when they realize that she was the person