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In That Hideous Strength Mark Studdock is faced with the choice of opposing evil or submitting to it Throughout the novel Mark sides with a group called the NICE an example of an evil democracy trying to take over the world The NICE is countered by a group of Christians from St Annes who strive to make the world a better place The NICE could generally be describes as one word evil They are highly anti-Christian manipulative and cliquish With this description the society sounds less then appealing However to Mark it was all he ever wanted His whole life Mr Studdock has yearned to be in the inner circle of the popular group His only goal was to be accepted by the NICE Unfortunately to be part of the society Mark must participate in weird rituals and perform sacrilegious acts Because he doesnt believe in religion Mark sees these acts as pointless and sometimes cruel During the novel however Mark is still drawn in by the fact that the NICE as evil as they may seem still control much of life in his town of Edgestow and being part of the NICE gives him the satisfaction of knowing hes finally in the inner circle This is the choice that Mark Studdock must make He can either succumb to the evil and stay with the NICE even though he knows its wrong or overcome evil with good by joining forces with the group of Christians from St Annes along with his wife Joining the group at St Annes however means giving up on his dream of being in the group that takes over the world Mark finally decided that the evil he was committing outweighed his need to be approved by the upper society and Mark joined the group at St Annes As a result of his choice the nice no longer had power over society and the leadership crumbled Those in leadership positions were
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