Evil And Evil : The Problem Of Evil In Nature

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The problem of evil refers to the question of how to reconcile the existence of evil within a world governed by an omnipotent God. Flannery O’Connor suggested that through their works of art, authors should make it their goal to “give the devil his due.” This to say that, by acknowledging and analyzing the qualities of the varying representations of evil in art, there is a movement towards answering the larger question(s). In bringing these “devils” into existence and in giving them sentience, authors are effectively providing prospective answers for where and how evil takes shape in the world. Authors of Modern British literature engaged with this discussion in a wide variety of techniques. Some suggested that evil was an inherent part of human existence, and that by extension an inherent part of the individual, while others explored the idea of evil as an independent force or manifestation capable of answering for why innocent suffer. Both Flannery O’Connor and Oscar Wilde chose the latter consideration. In The Picture of Dorian Gray and in “The Lame Shall Enter First” outside influence(s) are held accountable for the misconducts of the given characters. For instance, Dorian is provoked, and arguably pressured into his sins by Lord Henry Watton who instills the belief in Dorian that youth is necessary in order to achieve happiness. Similarly, Norton is influenced by the presence of Rufus who introduces the prospect of good and evil as distinct modes of living, and as
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