Representation of Evil
In Hawthorne’s short story “The Birthmark”, Aylmer feels that his wife Georgiana is a miracle and that she is perfect. Her only flaw was the birthmark in the shape of a hand placed on her cheek. Instead of focusing on all her Georgiana’s perfections, Aylmer only focused on one of her flaws, the birthmark. Aylmer constructs a statement about her birthmark saying that, “It was the fatal flaw of humanity which Nature, in one shape or another, stamps ineffaceably on her productions, either to imply that they are temporary and finite, or that their perfection must be wrought by toil and pain.”(Meyer 345)
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Flannery O’Connor is another author that uses the representation of evil throughout her literature. The story “Good Country People” is about a good God fearing woman who has a highly educated daughter that is an atheist. Mrs. Hopewell, the mother befriends a woman named Mrs. Freeman who does nothing but gossip and cause strife with Joy, the daughter of Mrs. Hopewell. Joy lost a leg when she was younger in a hunting accident and became mordant the older she got. She went to college and got her PhD in philosophy which began her suspicions about religion.
She is now 30 and still living with her mother since she never went out and made a life for herself, she became socially discomfited and antisocial. O’Connor paints Joy as a extremely sinister character; she doesn’t want anything to do with her mother nor anyone else. She is so full of arrogance that she feels as though she is too superior to talk to anybody else about anything due to their lack of appropriate education. Since
there are few opportunities for a person who has a PhD in philosophy, Joy spends all of her time reading educational books.
She doesn’t ever go out and mingle nor does she have any friends, following her accident, she withdrew from society and found herself in education. Until one day Mrs. Hopewell received a knock on her door from a young man who was selling bibles claiming to be a Christian. She invited the young man in her home who insisted on speaking to her about the bible. He realized that she did not have any bibles in her parlor and attempted to sell her one of his, but she could not tell him that Joy would not permit them seeing as she was an atheist. After a protracted drawn out conversation Mrs. Hopewell invites him to stay for supper and the young man and Joy exchange glances throughout the whole dinner.
As the young man is leaving, Joy walks him to the gate, he then ask her how old she is. So she lies...