He’s noticing the evils of Hitler. He shows this towards the ending of the book: “In my mind, this makes Adolf Hitler as evil as any man who kills his own children. This gross misuse of our loyalty to our country and love for our Fuehrer is, to me, just as much as a criminal act as the murder of 6 million Jews” (Ayer 224-225). Heck is now one of the non-supporters on Hitler and has a strong hatred towards him. He knows that Hitler purposely brainwashed innocent children who have a great love for their country.
If someone has not suffered a similar inner turmoil, it would be easy for them to misunderstand his actions and assume that he was just an uneducated, crazy man. Chris McCandless despised the phoniness of the world around him and wanted to escape it by engaging in a, “climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual revolution” (pg. 112). These thoughts are similar to those experienced by people who struggle with depression. Chris McCandless felt that he was living in a world full of superficial beings whose only concern was what other people thought of them.
To the Puritans, they believed in collective guilt and that one should repent for their sinful actions till their death; they viewed sin as a socially unacceptable crime. Hawthorne himself agrees with the idea of ‘doctrine of original sin,’, however, he opposes to the Puritanical traditional thinking and suggests how sin is an educative effect that alters one into an incomparable wise figure before the ‘sinful’ act (Mills 97).“‘Among all its bad influences, the black veil had the one desirable effect of making its wearer a very efficient clergyman. By the aid of his mysterious emblem---for there was no other apparent cause---he became a man of awful power over souls that were in agony for sin”’ (Hawthorne 262). Through the use an awe tone, Hawthorne illustrates how the effect of the veil has transformed Minister Hooper into a more effective minister than before. From the words that provide the perception of awe, ‘efficient,’ ‘mysterious,’and ‘awful,’ it depicts a sense of reverential respect yet incorporated fear within it.
In the novel A Separate Peace Gene shows he is evil by his jealousy, no remorse for anything, and that he is able to hide the evil from everyone else in the book?t.. The Bible talks about how jealousy causes disorder and anger within a person. Throughout the book Gene is miserable because he is so caught up in trying to be like Finny. He loses sight of what is good and turns into a manipulative person and tries so hard to fight with Finny and doesn't just be his own person. It is always better to be yourself then trying to be like someone else.
Constantly facing the darkness of looming greed and lust, humanity seems to be doomed to trudge in the mires of sin forever. However, while fear and chaos—especially a lack of guidance—can cause cruelty to flourish, it is also where kindness makes its greatest display. In “Why Boys Become Vicious”, William Golding argues that mayhem and terror brings out the evil nature of humans. Without proper order and parental guidance, humans are lead astray and band together only to create more chaos and cruelty. Even so, humans can come together to show kindness and love.
I beleive that Thomas Paine would have said that people were inheretly evil. That people were selfish creatures that only strove for their own comfort. This is because he repeatedly mentioned the terrible aspects of people in his writings. For example, this is shown through “society [being] produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness” (“Common Sense” 376). With this, it is clear that Paine believed people are not only selfish, but also wicked.
Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale had an affair with Hester Prynne and Hester is the one being shamed for it. Being considered a god and being looked up to didn't help much either, being praised was a constant reminder of how imperfect he was and how cowardly he became because of his guilt. In conclusion, symbolism was greatly used in The Scarlet Letter to show how guilt can destroy someone. Dimmesdale has shown us that guilt can be more destructive than punishment imposed on others and that deception and secrecy can be destructive. Society has cause guilt to destroy a human by what they think
Every person has a shred of evil in them, even if they don’t know it. Studies show that humans are the only truly evil species; we act selfishly, and put others through emotional and physical torment to benefit ourselves. No matter how highly you think of yourself, you can admit that at least once in your life you may have manipulated someone to do what you wanted or even purposely hurting someone else. Regardless of who you are, or who you pretend to be; every person acts inhumane to others. Often times, our subconscious tells us what to do, and we do it; regardless of what it wants us to do is good or bad.
However, if mental love chooses to turn towards evil, then it is turning against God. “As long as it’s directed toward the First Good… those whom He made have worked against their Maker.” (Purg. 17. 97-102) However, to direct mental love towards the First good can never be easy, for mental love involves the free will, and man’s free will always has that tendency to turn towards evil than what is really
Cates and Drummond attempt the impossible: going against the word of God, and, consequently, everyone in the town of Hillsboro. Drummond sees the evil of religion, the exceptionalism and narrow-mindedness that coincides with the religiously devout. While arguing with Brady about heaven, Drummond says “as long as the prerequisite for that shining paradise is ignorance, bigotry, and hate, I say to hell with them,” (30). Drummond identifies that the religious are hypocritical, declaring that they believe in all things holy and the good of people while they themselves are vain and prejudiced. This shows how in both stories the impact that faith leaves on the characters is not always