Evil Essay Examples

A Sinister Exploration of the Nature of Evil

In Chaucer’s time, the nature of evil related to any committing of the 7 deadly sins, consisting of greed, pride, blasphemy, sloth, avarice, wrath, lust and envy. The pardoner’s prologue and tale is comprised of many of these sins, the pardoner himself demonstrating the majority. Other characters, such as the 3 rioters also embody many… View Article

Dealing with Evil

After the World War II the planet has been divided by the Iron Curtain into two antagonistic camps: the communist countries, headed by the USSR and the capitalistic countries, headed by the USA. The struggle between two systems took forms of economic competition, ideological dispute, armament race and even local armed conflicts. Both leaders aimed… View Article

Good vs Evil in Gregory Maguire’s “Wicked”

What is good and what is bad seems pretty easy to define. Good is being morally right, an action or a quality that does not cause harm to people, harm to self, nor cause sadness. Goodness benefits others, if not the self, and it causes happiness. Evil is the opposite of good, or the absence… View Article

Are We Born Good, Evil, or Empty Vessels?

Am I good with occasional bad spots? Of course, says my mother. Am I evil and must I work to find good within me? You’ll never find it, says my third-grade teacher! Am I whatever experiences poured into my poor empty baby head? Yes, cries John Watson (Hall 1) from the grave – I could… View Article

The Anatomy of Evil

In his Vessels of Evil, Laurence Thomas contends that the insane can do no evil (p. 98). Thomas’s view about the relationship between evil and insanity is common among laypeople, psychiatrists and philosophers. In this section I consider whether the insane are precluded from evildoing. Part of the problem in assessing the claim that the… View Article

Good VS Evil

There are many different gangs; some only allow certain races or colors to be considered part of the gang. Other gangs require an “entrance fee” which includes doing something to prove you are worthy to become part of the gang. This is anywhere from sexual acts to thievery to violent crimes to include killing people…. View Article

Evil and the Paradox of Omnipotence

John Leslie Mackie, in his article “Evil and Omnipotence” states that the problem of evil is clearly stated using three essential parts of most theological positions, namely (a) that God is omnipotent, (b) that God is wholly good; and (c) that evil exists. Mackie also stated two additional principles that are commonly assumed in debating… View Article

The Scope and Definition of Evil

The Chinese symbol, Yin Yang, have always amazed me. It has been believed to be a symbol of the balance of the forces of good and evil in the world. It speaks of the coexistence of good and evil; that each cannot overthrow the other or that one cannot subsist without the other. Thus, in… View Article

Does God Use “Evil”?

In the history of Christianity, the problem of evil, or theodicy, has been one of the more vexing questions. It derives from the issue between God’s omnipotence on the one hand, and the manifestation of radical (i. e. unexplainable) evil on the other, that is, evil that does not admit of a “satisfying” explanation. As… View Article

Is Everyone Evil?

This world is packed with billions of people. Every day, you meet new people, talk to new people, and see faces you’ve never seen before. Have you ever tried to look deep inside into their personalities? Have you ever thought of the idea that everyone in this world is evil? In the novel we have… View Article

Human Characteristic traits that make them good or evil

Humans can be good, evil, or even both, and the characteristics they portray represent who they are. Throughout many cultures around the world humans have characteristic traits that are good and evil. Universally speaking good defined by Webster’s dictionary: Being positive or desirable in nature; not bad or poor. And Evil: Morally bad or wrong;… View Article

Lord of the Flies: Intelligence and Good vs. Evil

Good versus evil is a common concept used often in storytelling, writing, plays, movies, etc. the basic story line is commonly used and developed to mold different ideals, meanings, and lessons into different types of works. William Golding’s novel the Lord of the Flies falls into this category of works with the good versus evil… View Article

The Grapes of Wrath: Good vs Evil

The Grapes of Wrath is a novel about the Dust Bowl migration in the harsh times of the Great Depression. It is the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, and it is also the story of thousands of similar men and women. The Joads are forced off their land, so they move West… View Article

Good vs. Evil in King Lear

Life will always bestow us with choices which we must wisely choose either a moral or immoral response to. Shakespeare exemplifies goodness and wickedness in King Lear. The play presents a powerful manifestation of loyalty, specifically through the characters Kent, Edgar, and Cordelia. Kent’s unrestricted loyalty to Lear remains stable throughout the play. He recognizes… View Article

Good vs. Evil – Lord of the Flies

Star Wars, Superman, James Bond—all of these are stories which chronicle the ever-present warfare between good and evil. What exactly is good? How does one describe evil? The answers to these questions are highly subjective, and could be debated for years on end without ever reaching a final conclusion. However, it is widely agreed that… View Article