Greek Vrs. Christian Evil Essay

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Evil could easily be self-described as an action with immoral purposes – different cultures and religions have their own ways of describing evil. The Greek’s describe evil through a play called Medea, which was written by Euripides. The Christian faith describes evil through a poem called Inferno, which was written by Dante Alighieri, this poem is also apart of the Divine Comedy.
The Greek’s account of evil is seen through out the play Medea. In this play, Medea and her two sons have been abandoned by her husband, Jason in the hope that he can marry the daughter of the king of Corinth’s daughter, Glauce. This itself could be seen as an act of evil as it could be seen as a malice act because Jason has left his wife and children to fend for themselves while he selfishly goes off with the hope for a better prospect for himself only. Another example of what the Greek’s account for evil is murder. In this case Medea see’s it fit to plot the murders of Jason, Creon, Glauce, and her two sons. Ultimately a dress and coronet, which have been poisoned, that have been given to Glauce leads to her fall. Her Father, presumably now smothered in grief chooses to death beside his daughter. When a messenger is sent to rely this information to Medea, she is now more than ever comfortable in fulfilling her plot, even though a chorus protests against Medea killing her children she does it anyway then leaves – which just now leaves Jason still alive, but alone. In a weird sense this could be seen as an act of karma because Jason had abandoned his duties, although not to the extreme but when handed the opportunity Medea choose to take the more extreme approach on Jason. Even though Medea could easily be described as evil for taking all these other measures, apart of the audience hearts is sympathetic to her because of evils that she had recently experienced – literally everyone is or soon goes against her. Maybe all of these acts done by Medea’s hands could be seen as her acting out against her now vulnerable state. After all Jason, the king of Corinth and his daughter had direct content in Medea and her son’s demise which caused Medea to reply with violence. And possibly what the Greek’s are trying to say is that nothing is inherently evil, it is what one does with their life’s pressure(s) to determine whether they commit an act of evil or not.
The Christian account of evil is seen through Dante Alighieri’s eyes in his poem Inferno, which is apart of the Divine Comedy. In Inferno, disobeying or disbelieving in God will lead someone into suffering in hell, which is seen as evil. God also believes the evil deed committed will...

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