Essay about The Gathering Text Response

Text Response – Good Vs. Evil
Good vs. evil is a widely explored theme in Isobelle Carmody’s novel ‘The Gathering’. It is most evident in the battle between the Chain and the Kraken, however the more sinister, subtler acts of evil occur when he attempts to make each member vulnerable by breaching their weaknesses. While the physical examples such as the final battle, the murder of The Tod and the violent acts by Buddha and his gang could certainly be classified as evil, it is my belief that the brainwashing of the students and the fanatical powers of illusion Mr. Karle wields are more insidious, swiftly inhabiting and manifesting in the minds of people in a way that is more powerful than any outright acts of violence.
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Another example of evil occurs on page 247, when Nathanial recalls his father trying to kill him “‘Children should be seen and not heard’ he said, and his big hand closed around my neck. And squeezed.” This could be evidence that an ancestral streak of violent behavior could also be tainting Nathanial’s blood. Perhaps this is why Mr. Karle struggles to convert Nathanial and attempts to compel him to join The Gathering.  
One instance pertaining to the theme of Good Vs Evil in the novel can be found on pages 224 and 225. This part of the novel includes a battle between Nissa and a feral dog; this is a physical battle between good and evil. This excerpt from the novel shows that the Chain do in fact fight a physical battle against the malicious forces of darkness contained in Cheshunt.
An additional case of Good Vs Evil is found on page 257 “‘Kill them all! Kill them all!’ the Kraken shrieked ‘May the Chain prevail long!’ ” This excerpt from the final battle in the novel demonstrates the fact that the Chain must not only fight a physical battle against the dark forces of Cheshunt. They must also use their unity as a weapon against the darkness
This final and convincing example of evil and brutality in the novel occurs on page 120 “they held me down, belted me with their sticks and then they held me while the dog attacked me”. This supports Mrs. Delaney’s maxim on people in positions of power: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts

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