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Sin and EvilMoral Values in Literature$
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Ronald Paulson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300120141

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300120141.001.0001

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The Demonizing of Sin

The Demonizing of Sin

(p.161) Chapter Five The Demonizing of Sin
Sin and Evil

Ronald Paulson

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on social evil, the former of “sin.” It begins by presenting as an example Arthur Machen's tale of terror and the supernatural “The White People”, in which a girl is misled by her governess, drawn back into a primitive world of the old gods—back to a powerful atavistic belief in the supernatural, and away, as Machen shows in the introduction to the story, from A Harlot's Progress and Oliver Twist. Sin, or, as Ambrose says, “Sin with the capital letter,” refers to thoughts, learning, curiosity, delving into “forbidden” texts. There are, according to Ambrose, “those who have sounded the very depths of sin, who all their lives have never done an ‘ill deed.’”

Keywords:   social evil, Arthur Machen, tale of terror, Sin, forbidden texts

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