On Good And Evil Gibran Analysis

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In the world today, there have been many tragic occurrences that as evil, for example the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. On Wednesday February 14th , 2018 Nikolas Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Cruz, a former student of Stoneman Douglas, opened fire killing 17 and wounded many others. When looking at the situation, Many people argue about Cruz’s motive. William Golding, would argue that Nikolas Cruz is a innately evil person, his true purpose was to hurt the kids. Whereas authors like, Gibran would argue that we, the people, failed Nikolas because all the signs showed that he wasn’t mentally stable, but no one acted on reflecting that it was our faults. Both of these authors, have strong views of what is good …show more content…
Gibran uses repetition of “you are good” which directly relates with the readers implying that there is goodness within each of us. Throughout the poem there are several different examples, such as “You are good in countless ways,” and “You are good when you strive to give of yourself.” (Gibran#) Both these examples suggest he is talking directly with the readers taking it to a personal level to draw his point across that there is goodness within everyone. Along with good there is bound to be evil, but instead Gibran views it differently. He recognizes evil as a effect of trying to do good. In one of the first line of the poems Gibran says, “For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst? Verily when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts it drinks even of dead waters.” (Gibran#). By defining evil as a “good tortured by its own hunger and thirst,” Gibran is allowing evil to be defined in a new light. He claims that it is a burden that people carry when they are trying to do good. He uses personification,“when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves” to represent that people are attempting to be good and just, but at times go the wrong way about it. Despite the fact Gibran believes that everyone has goodness within him, he doesn’t necessarily regard everyone is …show more content…
Does being nice, honest, and considerate mean anything if they don’t act on the injustices that surround them. Gibran agrees with this, he believes that a truly “good person” wouldn’t sit around and watch the injustices around them, but instead make it their duty to help them. In the last line of the poem, Gibran ends the poem with “For the truly good ask not the naked, "Where is your garment?" nor the houseless, "What has befallen your house?" (Gibran#). By ending his poem with a analogy, Gibran is trying to leave a strong impression on us by questioning if we the readers are “good people.” He bluntly states, “for truly good people ask not, "Where is your garment?" ” essentially saying that good people don’t ask questions, but rather act on

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