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In Literature, Women Are Good And Men Are Evil

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What is good without evil? Without evil, there would be no possible way for good to exist. They complement each other, without one, you cannot have the other. Yet somehow evil always seems to outweigh the good. This is shown in various literary periods throughout history. There are many different ways that both good and evil can be shown. Good can be shown when someone is being kind or loving. The color white is often associated with good because it symbolizes a lamb, who is soft and sweet, a gentle creature. Evil would usually be associated with black. Black symbolizes evil because when people think of black, they think of darkness. The dark is scary and unpredictable so it is natural to associate it with evil. Without having an opposite to compare something to then it’s nearly impossible to define it. Good and evil are defined so easily because when people think of good, they see the opposite of evil and vice versa. Throughout many works of literature, men have been known to be evil/deceitful when it comes to women. Women are seen as the good in literature, not in all but in most cases. Authors such as William Blake and Christina Rossetti illustrate this and also evil in their literature to show their belief that evil dominates the world and good lies in the shadows but in the end, the good always prevails.
In the “Goblin Market,” there are two sisters named Lizzie and Laura, one of the sisters falls ill after she is victim to the evil of the goblins in the market but the good overcomes their evil when Lizzie does the right thing by going to the goblin market in search for a way to cure her sister. Lizzie portrays the good in this poem, while Laura and the goblin men show the evil. Lizzie knew and stood firm on her decision to not enter the market, “We must not look at the goblin men, we must not buy their fruits” (42-43). The evil of the Goblin men was very enticing to the women in the city. Evil is more attractive than good in most cases. Laura, the more naïve of the two allowed the excitement that she heard coming from the market lure her into trouble, “Laura rear’d her glossy head, and whisper’d like the restless brook: ‘look, Lizzie, look, Lizzie’” (52-54). This poem is full of evil while the good that is shown by Lizzie is overshadowed. Throughout the entire poem Lizzie stood firm to her belief of the evils that were in the Goblin Market and she continued to warn her sister even though her sister ignored her warnings. Laura finds herself in a heap of trouble by ignoring the good that her sister is displaying to her when she ignores the exciting sounds that are coming from the market. In this poem, a distinction between men and women is shown that relates to the good vs. evil debate.
The goblin men call out only to young women because they believe that they are naïve and easy to fool. In this poem, the men are displayed as evil creatures while the women are seen as good and innocent. They are victims to the evils shown by...

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