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Wesline Mondestin
Great Books I
Dr. Perkus
Midterm Exam
October 17, 2010

The Stories of Friedrich Nietzsche, Leo Tolstoy and Charles Johnson

Although Nietzsche in “On Evil guilt and Power” power is a state of neither good nor bad however, power is used to dictate the good, bad, and evil. In Charles Johnson in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice the only way to obtain power, is though learning the teaching of Rubin, the apprentice who saved his dad’s life. demonstrate how gaining power has caused evil. Allan was a sorcery in the making who never intended to use his magic on an evil way. The young apprentice problem was he was too eager and lost himself during the learning of practicing white magic. For Leo Tolstoy in “After the Ball, Ivan had a hard time dealing with the experience of watching the colonel used his power to torture the lives of human beings. Ivan tries to rationalize the incident that took place in the parade when he experienced evil. Allan is looking for closure to move on with his life, however he need to realize that no other person can give you closure other then yourself.

For Nietzsche in “On Evil, Guilt and Power”, he explained how our fears can found absent minded. In Leo Tolstoy “After the Ball”, Ivan’s reaction when he experience the beating of the tartar has left him scared for life. He was absent minded due to the fact if not understanding why the colonel was involved in such evil crime. Nietzsche On “Evil Guilt and Power stated the quest for power is about control not saving souls. Whereas Tolstoy in “After the Ball” Ivan could not save the lives of these tartar when they were getting torture by the soldiers. However in Charles Johnson “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Allan was taught to save souls not take them. But Allan did not know how to use his power to save lives, Instead he doubt his abilities for the use of his power when he is doing his first demonstration and he is faced with the ultimate test , his own demons...
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