Good Vs. Evil. A Similar Theme Can Be Traced Throughout

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Good Vs. Evil A similar theme can be traced throughout many different time periods as well as different genres. For example, the poem “Gunga Din,” written in the Edwardian era, the short story “Lady in the Looking-Glass: A Reflection,” established in the Modern era, and the novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer 's Stone, created in the Postmodern era all have the theme of good versus evil. The treatment of the theme traced through all three time periods is attributable to the history that each genre was written. “Gunga Din” is a poem written by Rudyard Kipling in 1890, which is known as the Edwardian time period. This era was a time of war and change for it was “[t]he period in English literature between the death of Victoria in 1901 and…show more content…
Din then picked the man up in attempt to carry him back to safety. Sadly, while carrying the man to safer ground, Gunga Din was shot. While taking his last breaths, Din mentioned to the soldier, “‘I’ ope you liked your drink’” (line). Even in a time of death, he is still concerned about the soldier that never did anything but torture him. Throughout the poem the narrator, the man who Din saves, is reflecting on how great of a man Gunga Din was. He is upset with himself knowing that he treated someone so badly that only was there to help him and his soldiers. Looking at the poem, it is evident that this poem was written within the Edwardian time period, and with the theme of good versus evil. Gunga Din was the good, and the narrator was the evil. The narrator hid behind an identity that he made up to be like the other soldiers throughout the poem. Very similar to how the people of the Edwardian era were constantly changing their identities. He wanted to have the authority and boss Gunga Din around just as the others did. However, he was not truly this way inside. He felt bad for the things that he did to Din while he was alive. This feeling of remorse shows that the speaker was using an untrue figure to hide behind the fact that he did indeed care for the feelings and well-being of Gunga Din. The narrator states in the last line of the poem, “You’re a
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