Throughout Frankenstein, Shelley uses Victor to warn the reader of the dangers of aspiring to godliness, and the consequences one faces in the aftermath doing so, even going as far as to compare Victor to Satan, tempting the crew of Walton’s ship, in the book’s final pages. The Victor Shelley creates is very similar to the Satan created by Milton in his book, Paradise Lost, which explores the biblical tale of Adam and Eve. In Frankenstein, Victor speaks of his desire to create the Creature, saying, “I deemed it criminal to throw away in useless grief those talents that might be useful to my fellow-creatures.” (152). Shelley’s diction choices, such as the word “useless” exemplify Victor’s excessive hubris, portraying him as a man who creates his Creature for, in his mind, the good of society. Additionally, Shelley repeats the word “use”
The old traveler carries a serpent like staff in which the story reads “…which bore the likeness of a great black snake…”. The traveler attempts to convince Goodman Brown to keep the staff, as the Devil attempts to convince those who love God to commit wrongful deeds. It is easy to reference this to the biblical story of Adam and Eve where it is articulated that a snake persuaded them to eat the forbidden fruit despite God’s instructions. The Devil who owns this staff wants Goodman Brown to make the wrong choice in participating in the conversion ceremony. Alas, this character perhaps, is the most fundamental individual in this story because it is he who influences the Christians who reside all of their faith in God like Goodman Brown and his wife Faith.
In Dante’s Inferno, he writes about his journey through hell for the purpose of recognizing his sins. He goes through this journey with Virgil, a voice of reason for Dante. Dante meets people through his journey of the many circles in the Inferno that lead him down into the center of hell, where Satan is. Satan is seen as being monster-like with three heads, representing a mocking of the Trinity and blowing his wings around the cocytus river. The final thing seen here is the fact that Dante’s description of Satan is a bit disappointing compared to the other descriptions he has written about the inferno.
Dante uses allegories or extended metaphors (“Topic: Allegory”), to illustrate those monsters he encounters throughout the journey as an instrument of punishment and symbol for sins based on their mythological history, in a way that Minos symbolize justice, Minotaur a symbol of violence in a form of self-punishment and Cerberus as an allegory of gluttony sin. To start, after going through the first circle, Dante and Virgil head to the second one. At the entrance of the second circle, they meet Minos, who stands as the “judge”, that sends the souls who appear before him into the depths of hell (Ralphs 4). The characteristics Dante attributes to Minos through his writings are drawn from his past life as a mythological character. Dante uses such attributes as a form of allegory to hide the significance of why he represented Minos as a symbol of justice.
That child is on the other side, along with its mother’s corpse. HAHAHAHA” The lord of flies sneered as it teased the serpent. “You dare speak to me like that, Beelzebub.” The serpent hissed in a domineering voice, as it released its full form from the palace. The massive serpent seemed to cover the skies, even the flames made way for its advance. “Asmodeus, you are not the only one with Hell’s authority anymore.” The Lord of Flies roared as the flames made way for
To support the claim that beneath her evil demeanor Steinbeck depicts Cathy as a woman with innocence, the exploration of the source of evil within Lucifer is required. There is much significance to Steinbeck’s portrayal of Cathy as a serpent, as such a reference applies to the biblical character of Lucifer. That is, Lucifer – the devil, takes the form of a serpent likewise to Cathy who is illustrated by Steinbeck as a snake as well, which infers the link between the two characters. In The Book of Revelations, one can trace the source of evil within Lucifer from the phrase, “And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world-he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”. Lucifer was a fallen angel, meaning he was once God’s right hand man.
The Ghost says," a serpent stung me says the whole ear of Denmark... The serpent that did sting thy fathers life now wears his crown"(1.5.43-44, 46-47). The Ghost talks about how the country of Denmark had been fed a twisted story of the truth. A metaphor can be found in the second part of the quote. Ghost Hamlet compared Claudius to a snake because of his lying and deceitfulness.
America’s first prominent serial killer of the 19th century, H. H. Holmes famously wrote amongst his series of murder confessions, "I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than a poet can help the inspiration to sing." He reasons—in an increasingly morbid comparison—that the root of murder and evil is innate, for nature itself had instilled the tendency and drive into his very being. Nowhere more acutely is this theme simultaneously displayed and countered than in Truman Capote’s nonfiction novel In Cold Blood (1965). In its entirety, through a plethora of narrations spanning the event of the murders and the following investigation, Capote crafts his story of the Clutter family murders on November
[...] I shall collect my funeral pile and consume to ashes this miserable frame” (197). This can also be seen as a references to biblical stories of the Devil. Not only does the monster know he has evil, but he relates himself to the Devil because of the evil he has done. He decides that the only way to rectify what he has wronged would be to go out in a fiery
Calculated killer or delusional madman? In the story, the “Tell-Tale-Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, the main character (a man) wants to kill an old man because of his blue vulture’s eye, which he assumes is evil. Throughout the story, the murderer denies his madness, saying that is simply because of his “sharpened” senses that he hears things in both heaven and hell. The story takes place in an old man’s room, and, little by little, the main character leads the reader through his calculated scheme to kill the old man and get rid of his eye for good. Based on the evidence presented in the 8th Amendment regarding the Death Penalty, the main character should be sentenced to 20 years of prison and psychiatric treatment, because he did many things a madman would do, like hearing amplified voices and sounds, and because he actually spent time planning the murder of the old man, and it’s not just on the spot
Tituba then claimed she met a man, the Devil himself, and he made her sign his book in her blood. She also proclaimed that the Devil himself came to Salem Village disguised as a black dog, a man, and a hog. Tituba whispered to the judge that he used his disguise as a way for him to throw others into the world of sin. Tituba later stated, “I ride upon a stick or pole and Good and Osborne, behind me, we ride taking hold of one another.” When the judge heard the words