Evil and charm are considered by many folks to be quite different things. Evil is usually defined to be morally bad, while charms mostly stand for a trait, which fascinates, delights or allures. As British author Brian Masters states, evil can be defined as something we recognize immediately we see it and it works through charm. His argument can be backed up through two pieces of classical literature. These are Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” as well as William Faulkner’s “A Rose For Emily.” Both stories display evil and charm getting along perfectly in a society through setting, character’s attitudes as well as symbolism.
“The Lottery” is a twisted and somewhat sick story, setting the audience up with the right and then popping them one with the left. To start the setting makes the audience feel all warm and good inside, and it also gives the reader a pleasant feeling that the story is going to be a cheerful one. The author shows that summer is already starting, and with summer, life is just breaking out. The flowers are blossoming, the grass is getting more green, while the town’s folks are gathering in the square between the bank and the post office. The descriptions of the town happen to be extremely misleading to the audience in terms of what is taking place.
The charm of the town delights the audience at the very beginning and ensures a comforting feeling about what’s going to take place. The evil of the town turns to be hidden behind a cunning mask of charm. The characters in “The Lottery” are extremely misleading to the audience in terms of character traits. The personages’ attitudes towards the lottery are quite positive and show that the characters don’t have any problem with the fact that they’re attending a lottery. The fact that a lottery is taking place makes many folks to believe that there’s a chance to win cash for free, though it’s the chance to murder somebody by simply stoning him or her to death.
Throughout the whole story the town’s folks attitudes appear to be lackadaisical, so they don’t care about the lottery, and it feels like they only want it over with. The whole lottery took less than two hours, respectively it could burst out at ten o’clock in the morning and still be through in time to enable the villagers to get home for their noon diner. Here it’s clearly seen that the lottery something insignificant and absolutely meaningless to the towns folks. Evil’s definitely displayed here, as the event being organized and will occur is considered to be morally bad.
Evil and charm are considered by many folks to be quite different things. Evil is usually defined to be morally bad, while charms mostly stand for a trait, which fascinates, delights or allures. As British author Brian Masters states, evil can be defined as something we recognize immediately we see it and it works through charm.