external image thecruciblemoviedc7.jpgIn The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, the Puritan town of Salem is overwhelmed by the excitement of witch-hunting. The evil acts upon the innocent townsfolk by their fellow citizens reveals the "good" principle to farmer John Proctor. Put under an immense amount of pressure to save himself for his family, he lies and admits to witchcraft. He finally realizes what action he must take to negate the evil behavior when he rips up the document confirming his alleged crime and accepts the inevitable death that awaits all truthful citzens of Salem. In The Crucible, the evil actions of the townsfolk reveal the only true path leading to what they believe to be "God's acceptance." In reality, this is the idea of good being uncovered by acts of evil.

external image the_shining.jpgAlthough the plot of The Shiningis predominated by evil, there is a moment where Danny, the epitome of good, discovers the only path leading to success when his father, Jack Torrance, finally succumbs to the evil will of the Hotel. When Danny realizes that the body his father once occupied has been posessed by the spirit of the Hotel, he understands that he must overcome his emotional attatchments to his father's body and destroy the evil will inside of it.

external image uewb_08_img0559.jpgIn the story "The Minister's Black Veil,"good and evil are represented in interesting ways. At first, the evil is portrayed as the black veil the minister wears, when the actual evil is the predjudice aimed towards him by the townspeople. This reveals the good in the minister that was always present, and marks the value of staying true to yourself. Another Gothic story that can be connected to these ideas is "William Wilson" by Edgar Allan Poe. In this story, the good path is realized to late, when William Wilson effectively kills all of the good in himself. Once the act was comitted, he could see that the good thing to do would be to listen to his responsible side instead of giving in to his vices, yet, as in most Gothic works, the true route to "salvation" presents itself to late to be of any help.

external image uewb_06_img0437.jpgMost romantic poetry isn't predominated by evil, which makes it difficult to connect to the ideas of good and evil. If focuses on the ideal, which cannot always be achieved. Yet, while in romantic poetry there isn't always a specific evil, there is always the idea of one. For example, in "May Is A Pious Fraud," by James Russell Lowell, the evil percieved is the harshness of winter overtaking what is supposed to be a month in the season of spring. The ideal for the author of this poem would be to never be surprised by unexpected weather, which as we know is impossible. In the romantic works, the acts of evil are not always as they seem, and the good is not always achievable.

external image Walden.jpgIn trancendentalism, the main acts of evil are comitted by organized society and people's attachment to material posessions. Julia Butterfly and Henry David Thoreau are two trancendentalists who found their own path to enlightenment by venturing into the wilderness. The important thing to remember about it is that the "idea of good" is personal. It can only be found by identifying evils in your own life and then choosing a path that will lead to a better existence.

external image douglass_frederick.jpgFinally, in the narrative of Frederick Douglass, slavery is the focal point of all life. Therefore, it's logical that the evil and the ideas of good should come directly from it. The evil is easily idenifiable as the horrible acts done to slaves by their masters, the dehumanizing effects of slavery, and it's long and bloody legacy. Frederick Douglass sees that he must escape, and his act of good is publishing the narrative of his life, hoping that in the future his efforts, and the efforts of the abolitionists might influence the way the world viewed and treated African-Americans.

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