Shades of Evil in Cheshunt - the Gathering Essay

934 Words Aug 8th, 2008 4 Pages
“At the beginning of the cycle, the darkness calls, drawing like to like until one comes who is empty: like a vessel who will gather the darkness into it, and enable infection to grow and extend like cancer. The vessel has come, the darkness now gathers” (page 84). Evil that gathers in Cheshunt comes in shades of colours: “fire-red” and “uniform-blue”. But each of these evils are defeated by “love-white”. The mental battle of evil and how evil can be abusive, aggressive and violent (fire-red) and the deceptiveness and dishonesty of authority (uniform – blue) can be hard to fight, but the good (love-white) overcomes all and wins against any colour of evil even though every colour makes white and every shade of evil makes up good.

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This is only a small act of evil and it shows how even people who fall under the category of “love-white” can still have colours and forms of evil in them.

People of authority can be compared to “uniform-blue” because they are evil in this novel. They answer to the call, follow evil, or let power and authority rule them. “But I suppose that they don’t set out to be evil. It’s just that the power they have to control ends up making them want to control everything. I think wanting to control things is where the evil begins” (Page 151). This shows how evil captures people with perceived authority, like police and parents, and how they begin to control everything, taking away freedom, being cruel and becoming oppressive. An example of this in The Gathering is shown by an action of Mr. Karle. He introduced the curfew to Cheshunt. This is an act of evil because it is taking away the freedom of both adults and children. “But the outside world refuses to understand. They are constantly bleating about human rights and freedom of choice while chaos reigns. And so we have a mission. Our mission is to save them and teach them the way” (Page 249). By a community to be ruled by totalitarianism all freedom and human rights would be lost.

In The Gathering, The Chain doesn’t only fight a physical battle against the evil, but

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