Cain: A Mystery Lord Bryon Analysis

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In the story Cain: A Mystery by Lord Bryon, Bryon creates the character Cain as a suffering eldest brother of Abel and son of Adam and Eve with the many complications of his own thoughts. This character is a key aspect of the author’s purpose. The author wants the readers to understand that your own thoughts impact the world around you when put into action. Your world, meaning not only yourself, but others and your environment. Within this action, your own world can be weakened or strengthened. The author implements his idea through Cain’s character and the setting around him. In Act 1 of the story, the author explains how one’s thoughts are interpreted. For example, from the act, “…tis your immortal past which speaks within you” explains how our internal thoughts impact our morals. With Cain’s emotions of God that are highly different from his parents, the author uses him to show how his past and current suffering of his internal pain are affecting his own world. Cain is questioning God’s word and how death occurs. Lucifer is introduced in this section as a godlike figure in Cain’s world who challenges Cain’s thoughts. Lucifer tells Cain, “Existence- it will cease-and thou wilt be”. This shows how one’s true existence will be within you and thus, being seen in society. This quote symbolizes one’s mental thoughts that …show more content…
Because of Cain’s character’s suffering and uncontrollable actions, we as readers, can understand how these acts affected his world negatively. The mystery is how his murderous act will affect his world in the future. We can also interpret that the author wants the reader to think freely but keep to one’s self when needed. This lesson can be learned from Cain displaying his views of God to his faithful family. Thus, the author achieves this message using the characters emotions expressed through dialogue and the dynamics of his

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