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Evil has been present since the beginning of time causing many conflicts throughout the world. It is an inborn and nurtured behaviour, which can be heightened by one's surrounding environment.

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Introduction

Evil has been present since the beginning of time causing many conflicts throughout the world. It is an inborn and nurtured behaviour, which can be heightened by one's surrounding environment. Evil can cause one to have a very cynical outlook on life. When one becomes overcome with evil one becomes ignorant towards others and has a tendency to be very selfish. When one is corrupted by evil, his or her conscious is overthrown by their id, causing one to become sinister and callous towards the well being of others. Evil can cause people to hide their real self, expressing it in hidden meanings or actions. Miss Strangeworth expresses her true feelings not by word, but by her letters, " Didn't you ever see an idiot child before? ...read more.

Middle

This act of cruelty towards others is known as displacement. Miss Strangeworth has a pain that she cannot cope with, therefore to deal with this pain she causes others to feel her pain. This is justified by her ego dominating her superego into believing that these acts of hate are potent. This overpowering ego misleads people as to what Miss Strangeworth represents. Miss Strangeworth is much like her roses; pretty and gentle from what people can see, but if handled incorrectly will prick with her thorns. Miss Strangeworth, to the blind eye is highly respected and thought of as a very pleasant person. Underneath the Strangeworth name and her garden of roses lies a layer of thorns and evil. ...read more.

Conclusion

This causes Miss Strangeworth to become sexually withdrawn and very selfish, " Miss Strangeworth never gave away any of her roses, although the tourists often asked her. The roses belonged on Pleasant Street". (212) This fixation with everything being perfect can be traced back to early childhood of an anal retentive personality where the parents were strict and used punishments. This is what causes Miss Strangeworth's obsession with perfection and her very stubborn attitude. Evil is present everywhere, at any time and in anyone. One's ability to cope with evil largely relies on his or her past childhood experiences. Some may cope well, whereas others may not know how to cope with evil forcing the use of defense mechanisms. Defense mechanisms are not necessarily bad if used in moderation. The realization remains, evil can be found in anyone, but controlling evil relies on one's superego domination. ...read more.

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