Evil Never Wins the War
An anonymous writer once said, “In literature, evil triumphs, but never conquers.” In modern terms, this quote means evil may have won the battle, but it has not won the war. Evil is able to take anything it wants, but it cannot conquer over good. In most cases, the point of this quote is present in many pieces of literature. This quote relates to two pieces of literature: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Beowulf written by an anonymous author. Jane Eyre is a novel about a young orphan turning into a brave woman, fighting her own demons and outside threats in the process. The concepts “Man vs. Society” and “Man vs. Self” are present in this novel. Eyre is constantly reminded of women’s place in society; mistreated, overlooked, and condescended. Because of the role of a governess—Governesses being somewhat of a higher class—she has a very awkward position in society. Eyre is able to overcome this toward the climax of the book. Eyre is also faced with her love for Mr. Rochester --it is taboo for a governess to fall in love with her master. She fights with her emotions for him, knowing it is not right. As the story goes on, she overcomes this by accepting her emotions and discovering Mr. Rochester loves her just the way she does. In this case, Society and Jane Eyre herself is, bluntly stated, her “enemies”. Beowulf, on the other hand, has a different situation of fighting evil. Beowulf is a long poem about a warrior going on different quests to kill several enemies. The plot of Beowulf very heavily based on the quote stated above. In the plot of Beowulf, Beowulf faces three enemies, so strong no normal human being can defeat them. In every instance, Beowulf is able to defeat the enemy. This entire poem essentially proves this quote is true and accurate. Both novels support the quote stated above: “In literature, evil triumphs, but never conquers”. Essentially, the quote means...
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