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Good V.S. Evil in Literature

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Colyn Petre

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The Timeless Value of Good Versus Evil While the politics and science that control much of society are constantly changing, the battle of good against evil is ongoing, and this battle is something to which people across all times can relate. Revenge After Hamlet’s father is murdered, Hamlet believes he must kill his father’s murderer—his uncle Claudius. Hamlet feels he must justify his fathers death by killing his uncle, however, he knows that killing is morally wrong. Revenge Hamlet is torn because, in seeking revenge, he gives in to the evil and gives up his morality. Hamlet “O, from my times forth,/ My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth” (IV. iv. 65-66). The quote shows that Hamlet, who had good morals, becomes enraged and evil when he learns of his father’s untimely murder. Revenge Hamlet Amanda Clark struggles between honoring her father’s memory by taking the high road that he would have preferred for her or taking the revenge she so desperately wants. This television series follows a young woman who seeks revenge against the people who falsely accused her father, sending him to jail and eventually killing him. Revenge Amanda Clark changes her identity, abandons her childhood morals, and creates a revenge plot from which there is no turning back. Clark destroys the reputations and alliances of the people who framed her father. War During war, the line between good and evil is often blurred, as both sides believe they must kill one another for good to prevail. Beowulf and Grendel In the book Grendel, Grendel knows that killing is wrong. He wished to be friends with the people but they could not understand him. In Beowulf, Beowulf wants to take down Grendel in order to save the people in the Mead Hall War Beowulf and Grendel “So times were pleasant for the people there/until finally one, a fiend out of hell,/ began to work his evil in the world” (99-101). In Beowulf, times were nice until Grendel came and destroyed everything and everyone. In Grendel, we realize that the reason Grendel acted in such anger and destroyed the mead hall is because the men tried to kill him. Grendel believed that he was born evil. He liked to raid the mead hall and scare the people. Magic & Mysticism Dracula Van Helsing and his team represent logic, science, and good morals. Van Helsing is a fearless and mysterious man, an advanced scientist of his time. In the novel, he is the doctor called upon to treat Lucy for her baffling illness after she has been exposed to a vampire bite from Dracula. Magic & Mysticism Dracula During the story, Dracula takes Mina Murray, a member of Van Helsing’s group, captive. She tells of Dracula’s wickedness by saying:
“With his long sharp nails he opened a vein in his breast. When the blood began to spurt out, he took my hands in one of his, holding them tight and with the other crashed my neck and pressed my mouth to the wound so that I must either suffocate or swallow… I who have tried to walk in meekness and righteousness all my days” (Stoker 306). Mina’s recollection highlights her purity while casting a negative light over Dracula and his evil and supernatural abilities. The Force In Star Wars, an evil power occupies the galaxy, and Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbaka, and Princess Leia must fight the evil in order to return balance to the galaxy. Amelia Hill, author of the article “What Star Wars is About: The Cyclical Struggle of Good and Evil”, discusses this closure by saying: “[T]he final moment of Vader turning back to good lends a finality to the struggle of good against evil” (Hill 1). When Vader returns to the side of good, there is no longer any evil to fight, and the series can end with the triumph of good over evil. Star Wars The Force Star Wars Darth Vader represents evil. Good Evil Darth Vader kills innocent people and tries to kill all those who attempt to defeat him and save the galaxy. Stories that focus on the battle of good versus evil remain current because people are confronted by good and evil everywhere. The desire for revenge creates this type of inner struggle between good and evil, and this struggle exists, regardless of time or place. War remains popular because it is a constant in society, as there is always war somewhere in the world. The current political atmosphere still reflects certain strong conservative values concerning sex and homosexuality, keeping the themes of Dracula alive and controversial. the film Star Wars also displays a battle of good versus evil. Similarly, Star Wars is a fight between good and evil, and because of this theme it remains popular decades after it was first released. Great works of literature can withstand centuries of political and social changes because their themes are ones that continue to be important regardless of such changes in the world. Works Cited: "Bram Stoker's Dracula - Official® Trailer [HD]." YouTube. YouTube, 22 May 2012. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.

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