Evil brings out the wickedness in a person

Evil brings out the wickedness in a person. Evilness also lurks around everywhere, people can witness evil acts everyday. Yet people tend to misuse the term evil. In the short story, "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell, the character Zaroff portrays the trait of being evil throughout the short story. This short story is about a wealthy man, Zaroff, and his servant who traps people on his island to attempt to play a hunting game with them. In the short story's, "American History" by Judith Ortiz Cofer and "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst, both have characters that seem to show the trait of evil. "American History" is about a teenage Puerto Rican girl, Elena, who is having a hard time adapting to her new neighborhood until she seems to find her soulmate, Eugene, yet Eugene's Mom does not comply with this. "The Scarlet Ibis" is about a child born with a serious medical condition and an older brother, called Brother, who wants the best and pushes his younger brother to be able to complete everyday necessities. Zaroff a cruel, wicked character proves to be more evil then both Eugene's Mom and Brother.
Zaroff proves to be wicked by his behaviors where as Eugene's Mom's actions do not back up the trait of evil. During Zaroff's hunting game Rainsford attempts to outsmart Zaroff and place traps as defense. Zaroff has no problem moving around and staying away from the traps. Though Zaroff encounters a large tree where he becomes suspicious, "But the sharp eyes of the hunter stopped before they reached the limb where Rainsford lay; a smile spread over his brown face"(Connell 231). Zaroff's behaviors show that he is evil by when his eyes stop. He purposely chooses to have his eyes stop right before Rainsford comes into his view because he does not want his hunting game to end. If Zaroff's hunting game ends he does not have a purpose to do anything because his purpose right now is to kill people. Killing people is an evil act to do. Zaroff's evilness shines through also by his cockiness; he can kill Rainsford right now but instead he finds joy in his killing game and does not want it to end. Zaroff and his behaviors do not compare to Eugene's Moms small actions. The president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, is assassinated. Elena though is headed to her soulmate's house to study. Their big, green font door awaits Elena's arrival. Eugene's Mom study's Elena and states, ""Listen. Honey. Eugene doesn't want to study with you. He is a smart boy. Doesn't need any help""(Cofer 251). This comment Eugene's Mom made towards Elena is a rude thing to say, but this is not considered evil. People may believe this is evil, but it is not because she states "Listen. Honey" she is trying to be friendly. Being evil is when killing people can come into play, yet Eugene's Mom has not one thought about killing Elena. Eugene's Mom may not like Elena and that is what is displayed in this quote, but that is not evil or wicked. The much more evil, Zaroff, and his actions towards killing are incomparable to Eugene's Moms non evil actions.
Zaroff does not only demonstrate evil acts through behaviors, yet he presents evilness through his thought process compared to Brother who does not show he is truly evil. Zaroff allows Rainsford into his home, and they begin to have a long night of conversation. Zaroff begins to show Rainsford around until they reach a window. The clear glass on the window reveals sharp, edgy rocks and Zaroff says, ""This Island is called Ship-Trap""(Connell 225). This relates to his thought process because he came up with the name Ship-Trap on his own. When Zaroff says the name of his island is Ship-Trap it refers to the sharp rocks he shines light by or when ships crash naturally into the rocks. He traps the people on his island only to start hunting and killing them, this is considered evil and wicked. Zaroff also could of chosen many other names not related to his killing game, but he chose to represent his island by how he kills and traps people instead of something about the nature. Zaroff proves to be evil so many ways, but Brother does not show he is evil. Doodle, Brothers younger brother, is physically challenged and unable to do everyday fundamentals. Brother picks up Doodle and begins to walk, but has memories from five years ago. Brother continues to carry doodle as in thought, "...I was embarrassed at having a brother of that age who couldn't walk, so I set out to teach him"(Hurst 388). When the author specifically states "embarrassed" this is how Brother could be called evil, yet this is not being evil at all. A typical kid will be embarrassed a lot even by there parents. Being embarrassed, like Brother is about Doodle, is not equal to trapping and killing someone. Brother also says how he wants to help Doodle, and this is being caring not evil. Zaroff's wicked thoughts are in no comparison to the acts Brother showed with no evil.
Eugene's Mom and Brother are in no resemblance to Zaroff a cruel, wicked, and much more evil character. Zaroff is a wicked character proved by his killing game and his evil thoughts. Brother is a kind and caring older brother who wants the best for his younger brother. Eugene's Mom is not the nicest mom, but is not cold blooded and cruel like Zaroff. Really think and decide who would you rather be trapped on an island with a killer, a mom, or a caring brother; the choice is easy.
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