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A Comparison of Mankind Evil in Religion in the Novels: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Word Count: 627
Man is a fallen creature and therefore is inherently naturally evil Mankind is an evil being The idea of man being evil has been around since the dawn of time The masochistic behaviors that manifest in our religious sects evidence this time and time again To fully appreciate the lack genuine kindness and good nature within the race of man one must only look to our recent accomplishments to gain a panoramic view The corruption of the soul has been an obsession of many religious sects The Christian religion has taught for centuries that the soul is indeed the ultimate good However we must atone for the taint upon that ultimately good soul by creating a world devoid of sins Thus we must punish our bodies to help them absorb the taint upon our souls and thereby clense us completely However we can see this erupt in literature time and time again For example the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne demonstrates the extremes that religion can put on us to eviscerate the evil within Hester Prynes affair with Reverend Dimesdale results in Dimesdale creating a world of pain and suffering for him He becomes a defiled and broken man His final attempt at redemption causes his very heart to burst and thus creates the final suffering that his physical body must atone for his mortal sins These sins are the core of his being and have been within him since birth Clearly the adultery was not within him until his fateful night with Hester yet his soul was inclined to lead him upon a path of sin and evil and thus provokes the idea that we the human race are indeed inherently evil Furthermore one might be incline to discover the truth about the vile necessities of modern conviencess We find that we incorrugibly seek the approval of all those who may be of a higher rank or station We look for
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