This Present Darkness Literary Analysis

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“Rafar stepped up behind Langstrat and sank his talons deep into her skull. She twitched and gagged for a moment and then slowly, hideously, her countenance took on the unmistakable expressions of the Prince of Babylon himself” (“Read” Ch.19). This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti is a Christian novel that deals with how demons and angels interact in our daily lives. Set in a small town named Ashton, demons plan to take over the town for their personal use. They do this by controlling the minds of several different people, and then making them do what they say. On numerous instances the book goes into great detail to explain how these demons take control of people to use them. Peretti makes it clear that he believes people in society can be evil, but as a result of something outside themselves. The demons in this book all have titles they go by, and a majority of them represent a certain sin humans are tempted with. In one instance, a man who was cheating while tallying votes was described to have a demon attached to him that went by the name “Cheating” (“Read” Ch.7). Another example of a demon representing a sin is when Peretti told of a girl (named Carmen) who was possessed by the demon known as “Lust”. Lust made her do things that she wouldn’t have done otherwise (“Read”…show more content…
In Luke 6:45 it says, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” From this verse God is telling us that our actions come from our personal motives in our heart. No demon is attached to us telling us we have to commit sin, and it is of our own choice whether or not we will follow the temptations of the world. Jesus teaches us in Matthew 15:19 that it is out of the heart that we carry out sin. God gave us free will, and it certainly is reflected in these
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