Power is not neutral, but is always evil. It gives wicked the chance to dominate. The good is corrupting and inescapable. This is shown repeatedly throughout the novel, from when Bilbo gives up the ring, to when Boromir tries to take the ring, and finally, to seeing the control that the ring has over Frodo. One incident in the book, which corresponds with how power is evil, would be when Bilbo had to give up the Ring.
This ends with M‘Gill in great trouble. It is obvious that jealousy inspires Wringham 's actions. However, Wringham also appears to be completely justified in his thought. He believes that M‘Gill has “dealings with the devil” and hence his scholastic skill is synonymous with evil and should be obliterated (83-84). The question of whether Wringham is truly evil or delusional is unsettled with neither narrator having authority over the true nature of Wringham.
Through interpretations of St. Augustine, J.L. Mackie, and David Hume's arguments in reference to the God and evil problem, the problems inherent in the argument will support the assertion that the Christian God cannot exist; the definition must be altered. St. Augustine argues that the world is fundamentally good and believes in the concept of the Great Chain of Being. God is the ultimate and supreme good and each being, in a chain-like fashion, is a lesser degree of the perfect idea of good. Evil only comes into play when a member of God's world renounces his/her role in the proper scheme of things.
Both Gandalf and Galadriel know what power is and do not try to gain more and more of it. They know that having too much power can harm them in the end and would make them evil creatures, working for Sauron. In telling Frodo about the possible journey up ahead, Gandalf warns him about the ring and states, "I should not make use of it, if I were you" (59). The powerful wizard knows that the ring is full of... ... middle of paper ... ...nted by the ring of doom. It would be the hardest for Frodo to resist this power.
The ring uses deceit and temptation to destroy the good in the earth just as society sometimes does. Tolkien uses the metaphor of a completely evil item to warn people against their lust for power, descent to corruption, and fall to temptation. As depicted by Tolkien, evil can cast all these things upon us, but we must be strong minded, unlike Sméagol, and refuse to let it turn us into our own form of Gollum. We must not fall to evilness because once it takes a hold of us, it is nearly impossible to be free of its grasp. Tolkien wants us to learn from Sméagol and his murderous crime so that we understand that evil is not relentless and it does not care who it targets.
The Cost of Redemption in the Lord of the Rings The struggle between good and evil is an ever present theme of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The struggle exists in all of Middle-earth, as the followers of Sauron wage war against the realms of free men and their allies, as well as in individual characters. Boromir, a tragic hero of Tolkien’s work has essentially good qualities marred by his corrupt desires for power and the Ring. The character of Gollum has an on-going internal struggle between the part of him that is corrupted by the Ring and his originally innocent self, Smeagol, who struggles to be good. However, as long as good and evil both exist, redemption is also possible.
Dark, imposing, devious, powerful beyond measure, Sauron is evil personified in the Lord of the Rings universe. He is the be all and end all when it comes to villiany in the Lord of the Rings tale. He is a major reason that the Lord of the Rings is regarded as a pinnacle of epic fantasy story telling. But he is not an overly complex villain, with morally gray motivations that some may say are required if an evil character, especially the central one, is to be regarded as important and beneficial to the plot. But the genius of Sauron's villaint is his absence of complex reasoning or motives that could be seen as not entirely evil.
Christians' Beliefs About the Origins of Good and Evil Good and evil are two very different and very powerful things. In Christianity God is the representation of good, truth and love whilst Satan, the fallen angel, is the representation for evil, hatred and depression. God is described using words like purity, truth and light. God is love concerned with serving others and not causing harm or pain. God was the creator of the universe.
It wouldn’t make sense to favor up over down or vice versa as one could do with good and evil. Also, even if it were true that evil is necessary for us to conceive of good, we would only need a very small amount. And it wouldn’t seem right to say that very little evil exists in the world. A second and stronger objection to Mackie’s version of the problem of evil is explained to us using the terms 1st and 2nd order goods and evils. 1st order goods/evils are purely physical.
In other words, the opposite of God is the absence of God. One proponent for dualism was the Gnostics. This group promoted the concept of dualism by stating that reality is broken down into two “equal and opposite forces of good and evil”. In addition, the Gnostics used the... ... middle of paper ... ...ood v. evil, light v. dark, basically God v. Satan. However in every battle, the humans are merely pawns between these two forces.