The Good And Evil Essay

813 Words Aug 17th, 2015 4 Pages
The Good and Evil
Mermaids are majestic and beautiful creatures that are often misunderstood by humans. When one sees a mermaid they are usually struck in awe. With their superficial beauty, they can take advantage of people in good ways and bad through manipulation and deceit. In Richard Van Camp’s short story ‘Mermaids’ the author depicts the mermaids with duo personalities. They are seen as both angels and devils using their beauty through the use of symbolism. In the story, the mermaids seduce and tempt the humans with their beauty into thinking they are perfect angel-like creatures. Angels are described as perfect, divine and heavenly like creatures, which fits the way the mermaids are seen in this short story by Van Camp. Torchy begins to describe the mermaids to Stephanie by specifying the reactions made from the sailors. He mentions how the mermaids captured their attention so quickly that “they leapt from their boats and swam to them” (Van Camp 4). The sailors were minding their own business when they saw them and immediately focused on the mermaids. They forgot what they were doing and just jumped to swim to them. The mermaids were described by Torchy as “such beautiful women” (Van Camp 4), which is why the sailors were so attracted to them. Their beauty intensifies them, giving them the power to control and seduce the sailors. Even the mermen as described by Torchy were so beautiful that they turned the sailors bisexual. The mermaids and mermen’s beauty was an…

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