Good and evil in literary works
Good and evil… Eternal philosophical concepts, at all times disturbing minds of people. Arguing about the difference between these concepts, it can be argued that good, of course, brings people close to you pleasant experiences. And evil, on the contrary, wants to bring suffering. But, as is often the case, it is difficult to distinguish between good and evil. “Is this possible,” another inhabitant would ask. It turns out, maybe. The fact is that the good often hesitates to say about their motives for action, and evil – about their own. Good sometimes even disguises itself for a small evil, and evil can do the same. But only it trumpeted that it is a great good! Why is this happening? Just a kind person, as a rule, is modest, it is a burden to him to listen to gratitude. Here he says, having done a good deed, that this, they say, was nothing to him at all. But what about evil? Oh, this is evil…
Indeed, it is difficult to understand where the light,
Russian literature has repeatedly addressed this issue. Valentin Rasputin did not remain indifferent to it either. In the story “Lessons of the French” we see the state of mind of Lydia Mikhailovna, who very much wanted to help her student get rid of constant malnutrition. Her good deed was “disguised”: she played with her student for money in “chiku” (the so-called game for money). Yes, it is not ethical, not pedagogical. Director of the school, having heard about this act Lydia Mikhailovna, dismisses her from work. But the teacher of the French language played with the pupil and succumbed to the boy, because she wanted him to buy some food for himself, not to starve, and to continue studying. This is a really good deed.
I want to recall one more work, in which the problem of good and evil rises. This is a novel by MA Bulgakov