Comparing Evil in The Elephant Man, Romeo and Juliet, and Let the Circle Be Unbroken
"Evil is the underlying element in the life of a living creature." This quotation, by Ray V. Sjorvek, expresses the idea that all living creatures contain a certain degree of evil inside themselves. In literature, protagonists usually express their sinister sides through words or actions when trying to prove the point that one's hidden emotions cannot be concealed. Authors generally write about evil causing the downfall of society. In many cases, authors speak of hatred persuading people to aid in the corrosion of civilization. Christine Sparks' famous novel, The Elephant …show more content…
In William Shakespeare's play, "Romeo and Juliet", hatred leads to the death of several people. A long-lasting feud between two families, the Montagues and the Capulets, results in the death of many of the major characters in the play. Tybalt, one of the first characters in the play to be killed, loses a duel to Romeo after he murders Mercutio, Romeo's friend and a relative of Prince Escalus. Thus, the prince exiles Romeo from Verona. However, this is not the end of the killings because Juliet's fake suicide ultimately leads to the death of Paris, Juliet's to-be husband, and the suicide of Romeo. Seeing Romeo dead, Juliet stabs herself with a dagger. The root of these deaths was the feud between the two families. This feud inspired Romeo's hatred for Tybalt and Tybalt's hatred for Mercutio and the Montagues. Therefore, we can conclude that the pernicious and destructive actions of the characters were caused by their inability to control their hatred for one another.
In Mildred Taylor's novel, Let the Circle Be Unbroken, hatred leads to prejudice towards colored people. Prejudice towards blacks and other minorities was nothing odd during the 1930's. The protagonist of the story, Cassie, first experiences an example of racial