Good And Evil In Dr. Heidegger's Experiment By Katherine Porter

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Conflict: Good And Evil? In all good literature there is conflict. Without this conflict there can be no plot or story to write about. All conflict in literature must have two components: perceived good and perceived evil. This essay will be showing this in the stories “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and “The Jilting Of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Porter. All conflict comes from many things, particularly these three things: opposing views of good and evil, the way different characters perceive things, and internal vs external conflicts within different characters own disputes of good and evil. The first way conflict is always good and evil is how opposing views can contrast. For example, one character, Granny Weatherall, thinks that she has a lot more to do with her life and she needs to keep herself occupied while her daughter, Cornelia, thinks that she should take it easy and stay in bed and rest and die peacefully, even with hopes that she gets better. The conflict here is showing Granny’s view of good to be working and doing what…show more content…
This can usually be tied to the question of whether “everything happens for a reason” or not. In “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”, for example, the conflict is that when he offers the elixir everyone wants it. Everyone wants to be young and live their youthful lives again, but they will in turn lose the wisdom of old age. Not all of the characters have learned from their past mistakes and lessons, and they continue on with their own old ways. The conflict is in the battle of the evil of youthful foolishness and the good of old age and wisdom. This shows that each character had a different perception of what was happening and they all fell back to their old argumentative states. This type of conflict can be further expanded on by looking at each character’s own internal and external

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