Everyone will face evil at some point in their lives, but the way the evil is embraced or deflected will differ among every man. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, symbolism is used to communicate the theme of Understanding the Inhumanity/Inherent Evil of Man as represented through the double ended spear, the fire, and the Lord of the Flies. The spear represents the evil inside of humankind and the perception that killing and hurting each other out of anger is acceptable. Fire symbolizes the evil act of stealing to achieve a human wants. Lastly, the Lord of the Flies symbolizes the Inherent Evil of Man through demonstrating that a boy understood that the evil is within them instead of around them, and is not something that could be killed
This quote shows that Rainsford himself thinks that General Zaroff is one of the most merciless demented creatures to exist. As Rainsford envisions the general as the devil, it helps the reader connect previous events, such as the borscht (which is a cold red soup) to death, but the reader must guess, who’s
In her essay, “Sizing Up the Effects”, Professor Sissela Bok states the harmful effects of aggressive media and accents her informational argument with scholarly accounts of emotion in order to grab both the hearts and heads of her audience. Bok references a study done on homicidal men and says “What is most startling about the most violent people is how incapable they are… of feeling love, guilt, or fear.” , shortly after she takes a quote from Macbeth “I am in blood. Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” By including these hard hitting, poetic pieces she stimulates a new part of each audience member, a personal element is introduced making all of her given information apply on a deeper level.
The Captain’s monologue precisely states conditions of the battle and further goes into describing Macdonwald’s character to King Duncan. Shakespeare labels Macdonwald as a man of no integrity by using a metaphor, “Multiplying -villainies of nature - Do swarm upon him”, (1.2. 11-12). This literary device emphasizes the idea that all the evils found in nature are attracted to Macdonwald like flies to meat. (Mabillard, 2009) This expresses the imagery of maggots multiplying and flies swarming, which evokes a feeling of repugnance in the audience, as if Macdonwald is a mass of corruption.
Edwards says that “The God that holds you over the pit of Hell, much as one holds a spider, or someone loathsome insect over the fire (Edwards Pg. 1)”. Edwards compares God to an all-powerful being, which has control over people and can send them into hell, just like a person would kill a spider. The disobedient civilians are considered repulsive insects that belong over a fire. He uses this metaphor to frighten his audience into obeying God or else he would hold them above Hell, just like a person holds a nuisance insect to their death. This affects the audience by having them fear God and their ultimate fate if they don’t obey him, prompting them to be more obedient to God’s message.
The monster is also capable of wanton destruction when he burns down the DeLaceys’ house and dances “with fury around the devoted cottage”(123) like a savage. Finally, the monster seems to enjoy the pain he causes Frankenstein: “your sufferings will satisfy my everlasting hatred” (181) he writes to Victor. Were these pieces of evidence taken out of context, the reader would surely side with Frankenstein. But Shelley prevents such one-sidedness by letting the monster tell his version of the story. The monster’s first-person narrative draws the reader in and one learns that the creature is not abomination
/ This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, ‘Lenore!’ / Merely this and nothing more” (28-30). I feel this proves that there is a presence of evil lurking and taunting the narrator’s insanity. When the raven does fly in and perch on the statue of Pallas, the greek goddess of wisdom, this seems to show the raven as some type of evil being; which the narrator assumes when he asks, “Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
This statement is directed towards Othello, and is significant for many reasons. This statement directly relates to how Iago is targeting Othello’s major weakness, which is jealousy. However, this quote also adds dramatic irony to the play because Iago’s major motive throughout the tragedy is his own jealousy of Cassio. This statement also foreshadows how jealousy will ultimately be the cause of the demise of many characters throughout the
“I took from my waistcoat-pocket a penknife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket!” (5) The narrator’s actions illustrate his insanity just as well as his inner thoughts. In “The Masque of the Red Death,” the main types of characterization present are reactions/thoughts of others, and physical appearance/attitude. The prince is a haughty, cowardly, and
Rather, he is eager to jump to the conclusion of pain and suffering -- even when that pain is his own. Albert H. Tricomi notes the oddness of this scene as well, commenting “Thus, in a vain effort to save his two imprisoned sons, Titus render’s up his own hand to the ravenous emperor of Rome. The words he speaks at this time precisely explain the bizarre relationship between language and events that typifies the method of the play. ”3 Titus’s need to feel the feeling of controlled hurt to satisfy his violent desires is present even in his “bizarre language” as he converses with the Moor.
A man named William Beckford once said “It is a great evil to look upon mankind with too clear vision. You seem to be living among wild beasts, and you become a wild beast yourself.” William Golding clearly emphasizes a theme similar to this in his novel Lord of the Flies. Golding’s novel is about a group of British boys who crash land on an deserted island.
In Lord of the Flies, Golding explores the idea that human nature, when left without the regulations of society, will become barbaric. As one of the prevailing themes in his work, the dark side of human nature is represented through the novel, not only in symbols and motifs, but in his characters as well. The dark side of human nature is an integral part of the novel 'Lord of the Flies.' William Golding, a British novelist employs symbols, motifs and characters to create the idea that human nature, without civilisation will become barbaric.