The Devil Inside Essay

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“Evil isn’t a thing, it’s not a person, it’s an attribute like beauty” (Maguire 370-371). Like beauty, evil is seen differently through the individuals’ eyes. Some people have the ability to see the beauty in everyone, while others only see it in a select few, such as the tall, skinny, and “pretty/handsome” ones; this is the same with evil. Some see people who torture and murder others as evil, while others see massive corporations as evil. Evil goes against someone’s morals, or the morals that society has created for us; this is where evil becomes distorted because not one person believes everything that the next person does. Humans have made this concept of evil for themselves, ...view middle of the document...

Instead of caring for Hester and portraying the calm, studious man he formally was, he used his instincts for evil. Society has turned this natural instinct of protection into control, which is frowned upon by most humans. Although Chillingworth took his actions to extreme levels, his own nature was manipulated by society from normal to evil, demeaning him in the process.
Emotions, something everyone has, often lead to evil when not controlled. They have the ability to drive a person insane, whether it is hate, love, fear, or anger. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein’s monster felt a strong anger and hate towards Victor, his creator, for abandoning him in a world full of judgment. Victor set him up for failure, and the monster tormented Victor by making him alone in the world so Victor could experience the pain he endured. If the monster was never abandoned, he would have never hurt a soul; he was born thinking everyone was kind only to experience the true ugliness of society. He knew right from wrong, but the anger he felt was uncontrollable. Although what the monster did was truly evil, Victor’s urge to be larger than life and make a name for himself by creating a living creature is also evil. The monster was punished for living, so Victor should be punished for creating him. If someone tries hard enough, they can accuse anything and anyone of being evil depending on how they see it; evil truly depends on perspective.
Not only are people characterized as evil for their looks and actions, but also for their beliefs. Everyone yearns to find an explanation of how we came to be, it is a part of our nature. Religious followers judge anyone who believes anything different, such as atheists who do not believe in anything, as evil. Christians believe in God, but with God comes a devil, like every good comes with a bad. They believe God created everything in the universe, but since evil is present, does that mean “God [created] evil intentionally, or was it just a mistake in creation?” as suggested by a character in Gregory...

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