Good And Evil

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Good, as well as evil is a strong, existing force inside us all. An Indian chief of the Pawnee tribe once said, "All things in the world are two.

In our minds we are two, good and evil. With our eyes we see two things, things that are fair and things that are ugly.... We have the right hand that strikes and makes for evil, and we have the left hand full of kindness, near the heart. One foot may lead us to an evil way, the other foot may lead us to good. So all things are two, all two." These conflicting forces are evident in the characters of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Lord of the Flies.

Each and every individual has the ability to do evil, or to do good, but as for many people and the characters in the two novels, it is much easier to commit evil acts than to do what is morally and consciencely right.

In Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jekyll experimented to attempt to physically separate the "good and ill which divide and compound man's dual nature"(page 31). This results in the realization of "Man is not truly one, but truly two" (page 31). Jekyll thought that by this discovery, "Life would be relieved by all that was unbearable"(page 31), but his thoughts and his experimentations soon backfire because the temptation to do evil of the created Mr. Hyde overcome the good, respectable Doctor Jekyll.

With Dr. Jekyll's newly created evil self, he begins to realize his power and freedom to be able to commit villainous acts and not get caught.

He delights in his actions, and hence has created the perfect evil man, who is void of any conscience that might hinder him from his acts. Dr. Jekyll...



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