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Goodness Tainted Thoreau Quote Evaluation Essay

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"There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted. ? -Walden, Henry David Thoreau There are two ways that this quote might be interpreted, 1 way focuses on a individual's goodness, or lack of, and the other concerns benign or malicious intentions. The quotation could be interpreted to mean it's a sadder thing to get a 'good' man to decline into immorality than for a 'poor' man to do something bad. This interpretation of the quote could be exemplified from the publication The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dorian Gray enters the narrative as an enchanting, vivacious, almost cherubic childhood, akin to the gorgeous Greek god Adonis. As the narrative progresses, Dorian gets drawn into a habit of hedonism, monetary waste, and self destruction, and this moral decline is paralleled by gradual distortion of his beautiful portrait. At the end of the book, after Dorian had fallen so far as to commit murder, he is shocked to find that his image is now swollen and horrible, and in a fit of outrage, he stabs his portrait, thus killing himself. Overall, Dor...

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