Satan could be described in many terms, and by many people, but all can be disputed. According to my sources, Satan is displayed as the hero, while God is the evil deity, and Milton was wrong for writing Him as so. In this essay, I will show my thoughts on the subject of Satan as an evil deity, and other’s opinions on the matter. Satan is thought of as the tragic hero in Book 1 and 2 of Paradise Lost because he is shunned by God for trying to overthrow Him, and being ambitious enough to think he could be God. Satan, in my opinion, is not as much an evil individual, but more juvenile, and ignorant.
On a more realistic note, Joyce M. Wegs argues the symbolism of Arnold Friend as a Satan figure when she writes: “Arnold is far more a grotesque portrait of a psychopathic killer masquerading as a teenager; he also has all the traditional, sinister traits of that arch deceiver and source of grotesque terror, the devil”(616). She also writes about how the author sets up the idea of a religious, diabolical figure when she links popular music and its values as Connie's perverted version of a religion. Another hint is Arnold's almost supernatural, mysterious knowledge about Connie, her family and her friends(Wegs 617). The main reason why the reader would extract this diabolical symbol from reading the story is that Arnold's character bears striking resemblance to Satan's. At the drive-in, Arnold is warning Connie of his coming when he wags his finger at her and says “Gonna get you, baby”(Oates 581).
The Devil as Your Friend Have you ever wondered why or how people can manipulate themselves as the devil to receive what they desire? In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, a short fictional story by Joyce Carol Oates, the devil is allegedly hidden as one of the main characters, Arnold Friend. Through characterization, setting, and plot, Joyce Carol Oates successfully portrays Arnold Friend as a symbolic Satan. Arnold Friend is similar to Satan in his characterization provided by Joyce Carol Oates. Arnold Friend disguises himself in ways to hide all his negative features from Connie, as he seems less threatening this way.
(Oates 478). This last curse sounds as though it is forced, whereas the other seems to be more natural for him to say. Friend may not look very evil in his physical appearance, but his actions bring out this evil in him. Arnold Friend appears to be a typic... ... middle of paper ... ... the main character, Arnold Friend (An Old Fiend), represents the devil and how he can appear to be something that he is not, in order to do his evil deeds. Bibliography: Works Cited Page Creighton, Joanne V. Joyce Carol Oates.
5, No. 1, January, 1975, pp. 66-72. Tierce, Mike, and John Michael Crafton. "Connie's Tambourine Man: A New Reading Of Arnold Friend."
No, vindictive person live the life of witches: they are mischievous and come to a bad end.” Bacon thinks nothing good will come out of private revenge. Bacon does believe in public revenges though. The difference between public and private revenges is that public revenges are necessary and done with a purpose. Other types of literature also express his idea of revenge in different but similar ways such as in Romeo and Juliet, The Interlopers, and The Blade of Grass in a Dreamless Field. Romeo and Juliet have a forbidden love for each other and people seek revenge to just hurt themselves as Bacon is trying to prove.
." (3.122-4), just as mankind is. Milton's presentation of contrary information in Satan's soliloquies, and in the description of Paradise and Adam and Eve presents an argument that Milton was of Satan's party unknowingly as Blake said, because the lack of free will tends to prove Satan's assertion that God is a tyrant. This would in effect prove what Satan says in the second soliloquy to Adam and Eve: "Thank him who puts me, loath, to this revenge / on you, who wrong me not, for him who wronged," (386-7). If Satan truly had no free will, then nothing would be his fault, as he alleges.
In John Milton's Paradise Lost, Satan is banished from Heaven for his defiance against God. Satan an... ... middle of paper ... ...ological story. We have books like the “Left Behind” series and some of us treat them like they are describing what is going to happen. In the book Wrestling with Dark Angels Satan is described as “a supernatural being, although limited in power yet still greatly effective in fulfilling his malicious purpose, at least for a time. Because he is limited in power he has to rely upon clever delusion and allusion” (117).
Iago's two-sided face and the other characters' readiness to believe him before thinking twice is the driving force of the play and its plot. Everyone involved with Iago separately thinks that he is doing them favors, when actually he is a backstabbing, conniving person who is the essence of evil and is often referred to as half-man, half-devil. 'I am not what I am.' This is a quote that should not be taken for granted. In this quote, Iago describes himself as a demonic Satan-like person contradicting God's quote 'I am that I am.'