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Good and Evil The novel of Maestro reflect many aspects of mankind which are both good and evil The effects of evil can be seen in the character of Keller after he has seen what cruelty human beings are capable of he becomes very pessimistic about humanity He had underestimated the extent of evil and even the music he loves becomes a weapon of evil which was used against him and so it subsequently becomes his enemy As we grow up the world around us contains both good and evil therefore as we follow Pauls youth we can also see through him both good and evil revealed in the society around him The Holocaust was a turning point in Kellers life He used to be like Paul insensitive arrogant and felt invulnerable He had felt optimistic about the safety of his family He tells Paul that in ones own familiar home it is more difficult to see evil p 50 He blames himself for the death of his family because he realizes that he was blinded by his own arrogance this experience makes him teach Paul human limitations and to be rational He always dies down Pauls confidence Keller also constantly reminds himself of the stupidity greed and failure of the human race by keeping a scrapbook of newspaper cuttings He now keeps all his feelings suppressed because he now sees his former feelings of invulnerability and optimism as unwise or even criminal He believes these large amounts of emotions and feelings of invulnerability and arrogance can be used as a tool for evil to play upon In this novel it shows that beauty is capable of covering the evil or worthlessness that lies beneath The maestro distrusts the beautiful city of Vienna because of its violent history and the bitterness it reminds him of He disassociates himself from Austria his birth place and strongly shows that he doesnt want to go
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