Philosophical Approach

This approach interprets the text by determining the themes and worldwide views

Critical question: What does it say about the nature of good and evil?

Source 1: David and Goliath by Michelangelo

The David vs Goliath story can be found in the Bible in I Samuel 17. The Philistines were trying to destroy the Israelites by using a giant named Goliath. God sent David to defeat Goliath. He used a sling shot and one stone to hit Goliath between the eyes and kill him instantly.Michelangelo portrays the moment of victory when good overcomes evil.

Source 2: The good and evil angels by William Blake

In this art work Blake evokes 18th century stereotypes: the darker skin of the evil angel suggests a non-European character, while the fair skin of the good angels are alike with ideas of perfection.

Source 3:The Lion King by Disney

Portrays a moral lesson of good always conquers evil.

Source 4: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare tells us that there is light and dark within everyone; Macbeth unleashes his dark side which signifies that we are all capable of making good and bad decisions.

Source 5: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

This piece of literary proves that good is evil and evil is good. Oedipus brings light and dark period upon his kingdom. He expresses his kindness by solving the sphinx's riddle which brings relief, he manifests badness in his quick temper and rash decision making!

Source 6: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

In the text Okonkwo faces many conflicts between good and evil. For example, his decision to join in the killing of Ikemefuna. Okonkwo displayed a strong role of masculinity according to the Igbu culture. Good and evil is depicted by racial controversy; many tribes men among the village viewed the white men as evil.

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