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Good and Evil in Literature

            "All conflict in literature is, in its simplest form, a struggle between good and evil." In other words, conflict is always defined between opposing forces: good and evil. This statement is true. Two novels that clearly show this are "Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde and "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller. Each convey different types of conflict. However, all type of conflict end up using the same idea. "Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde is a story about a young, beautiful man named Dorian. Two types of conflict observed within this novel are person versus society and person versus person. Dorian's beauty is vain and struggles to remain forever young. Sealing his soul into a portrait of himself, he manages to become unchanging physically. In doing so, the portrait acts as a conscience for Dorian. When Dorian committed a sin, it was reflected upon the portrait. His life is turns twisted as soon as he realizes this. Dorian is struggling to fight the evil inside himself. At many points within the novel, he tries to repent. However, often in vain, Dorian never achieves forgiveness. Basil (Dorian's painter and friend) tries to help him pull through while Lord Henry influences him with ideas of Hedonism. The good seen within the novel comes from Basil trying to protect Dorian while the evil comes from Dorian and his selfish desires.
             Arthur Miller's "Death Of A Salesman" shows the struggling life of a man named Willy Loman. Three types of conflict that are found are person versus person, person versus society, and person versus self. The main conflict used is person versus self. Willy Loman was always trying to achieve success at the same time trying to teach his boys about the formula for success. "To be liked, and you shall never want." This was thought formula for success by Willy. The good represent's Willy's family trying to help Willy with some of the hard times being went through. Numerous times, Willy tries to commit suicide.

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