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An anonymous author wrote In literature evil often triumphs but never conquers Any good story needs a conflict and throughout history the most basic literary struggle has been between forces of good and evil Ultimate victory for the forces of good becomes that much more effective when it has had to overcome smaller victories for the opposing evil forces Evil may win the battle from time to time but good will always win the war However many works of literature present the ultimate triumph of evil over good Just as in real life the good guys dont always win in fact some of our greatest works of literature make far stronger and more effective thematic points by having the forces of evil win out over good in the end even after leading the reader to believe that good will ultimately prevail An author can use such a work as a cautionary tale as a reflection of a grim or uncomfortable reality or simply to surprise the audience Two such examples of this literary abnormality are Charles Dickens classic novel A Tale of Two Cities and George Orwells 1984 In A Tale of Two Cities set during the French Revolution Charles Dickens depicts how pointless the rebellion becomes when the original goal of equality becomes lost when the anger frustration and desire for revenge of the third estate is finally discharged Initially the members of the upper ruling class were the ones perceived as evil maintaining their societal positions through a system of fear and repression However as the revolution progressed and power was shifted onto the lower classes they too abused their upper hand committing evilly heinous and merciless punishments and executions illustrating yet another common theme of the corruption of an innately good individual once in power Madame DeFarge abused and downtrodden member of the lower class personifies the pent up frustrations and hatred that corrode ones sense of propriety and transform one into
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