Despite the cosmetic differences between the literary and filmic Lecter, the idea of intellectual domination permeates both the book and the film. The essential idea of Silence of the Lambs is the nature of evil, the unmatched cruelty of human nature. Evil, and its derivatives, are found throughout the story, throughout all characters; Chilton abuses his inmates, Crawford selfishly lies to Starling, Buffalo Bill kills, and Hannibal Lecter manipulates. Like Lecter, characters are trapped in constricting cells of malevolence. The book presents Lecter’s predilection with violence as unconscious, inherent to his very nature and, while the Lecter of the film appears to be conscious of his illness and malfeasance, both book and film see Lecter as a sort of morbid opportunist, taking advantage of the innate fears and moral corruptions which plague the human race.
Starved bodies, corrupt kings, roaring waves of prejudice. These are the times that Shelley and Dunbar lived in. Whereas Shelley has a more optimistic attitude, Dunbar holds a more downtrodden one which is reflected in the different enemies, tones, and endings of the two poems. While both poems are set in trying times, they differ in their antagonists. Shelley faces a tangible evil, a person, while Dunbar faces an intangible one, a social concept.
Geikie that “Our Character is but the stamp on our souls of free choices of good and evil we have made through life”. If we look into account of Satan’s evil deed compare to his good deed, he is surely to fall in evil side. However Satan’s character in Paradise Lost is another piece of ambiguity for reader and critics. Milton had portrayed Satan in such a manner that it is hard for us reader to take side of Satan either as villain or tragic hero. Though he might be incarnation of evil, he had nothing to do with other than God.
Similarly, in the book Lord of the Flies, EVIL is presented as being innate, unwanted, even though it can be used to motivate and aid us in critical situations. When the boys first discovered they were stranded on the island, the little devil on their shoulder (representing the EVIL within the human spirit) whispered in their ear, “you are the strongest one, and better off without them. If you don’t eliminate them, you will die on this island”. Consequently, it would be a bloodbath. First, a power struggle between the groups, then within the groups.
Heroism, pride, distress, conflict and morals are all components which produced the literary piece. Each character had different motives for their aggression, but whether it was for revenge or out of pure enjoyment, the killing was always present. But above all, envy played the main candidate for what would come to be a bloodbath. The author uses envy and revenge as a motive for action, by creating a sense of aggression and purpose of the evil characters. Envy was shown through the eyes of a demon, Grendel, who sought after those who cherished and enjoyed the treasures of Heorot and their king, Hrothgar.
Ngugi works are characterized by criticism against European unacceptable law and injustice. Petals of Blood revolve around ruthless capitalist and deals with issues like land, history, education and exploitation. Religion in both novels is used as a tool to enslave the mind and soul of natives. Ngugi in his works like The Trial of Dedan Kimathi, Petals of Blood, Detained and Matigari has focused on the plights of the oppressed because it is the fiction that could rouse the consciousness of the masses. Ngugi works for the change in society that kind of society which promotes unequal social order.
Max Coleman 2 October 2014 Mrs. Carvelli Literature and Composition 2 FIRST DRAFT The Beast Inside Society’s limitations on behavior are mandatory to conceal mans innate sense of evil. Inside of each man exists an ugly side. A side thought by some to be nonexistent. In William Golding’s esteemed novel Lord of the Flies, he makes it clear that we cannot escape our own cruel inclinations, and that without social order we break down into a state of disarray. From the opening pages, we learn that numerous English children are stuck, stranded on a mysterious island.
Ralph and Jack most clearly represent Golding’s use of Juxtapositioning in the novel. Both individuals embody polar opposite character traits that are prevalent in all people. Evil, corruption, and satanic morals swirl around in the mind of Jack while the use of the thought process, the presence of a right and wrong moral compass, and the use of reason are traits allotted to Ralph. Ralph is the man that we all show but Jack is the true beast that lies in the hearts of us all. Ralph, in correlation with his insistence on being found and building shelter, decides to build a signal fire and places some of the boys to attend to it.
“ I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary: the evil it does is permanent.”- Mahatma Gandhi In the novels Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad both novels have scenes of violence that help contribute to the meaning of the complete work that the novels deal with the theme of civilization versus savagery. Both of these novels show us how all humans have a heart of darkness or an evil inside them that is usually concealed by the rules and ways of civilization. When civilized humans are taken away from civilization and put in an untamed place their darkness is bound to come out. The island the boys are trapped on in Lord of the Flies is located far from the modern world. This island causes the boys to have to go back to their ancient roots.
Grendel, or Anxiety? In today’s society, we face many monsters that cause us to become fearful and weak when faced with a challenge. In the epic Beowulf translated by Burton Raffel, Grendel is a miserable monster who causes pain upon faultless people, and is motivated by their pain. Today’s monsters may not be actual creatures, but they do cause the same terrifying effects on people, symbolizing evil in our society. Anxiety, like Grendel causes you to feel alone, attacks innocent people, and creates jealousy of others happiness.