The Devil and Miss Prym Essay

The Devil and Miss Prym

Intro: Over a great period of time, humans have tried to define the complexity of true human nature. People like John Locke and Thomas Hobbes devoted their live to observe and study human nature. Books have clarified it as “The sum of qualities and traits shared by all humans”.   Human character is reflected upon the choices and decisions that an individual makes in certain situation as it is multifaceted, instinctive and physiologically complex.
Thesis: In Paulo Coelho’s The Devil and Miss Prym, the complexity of human nature is identified. By specifically analyzing the people of Viscos through their thoughts and actions, it is clearly evident that human nature is depicted as both Good and Evil.
Mapping: Generally, the nature of humans is to look at the positive side because it makes them feel better. On the contrary, human nature has a controlling force of evil that changes their character due to one’s own wishes.

Paragraph 2 (Argument 1): As humans, it is natural that one tries "everything” to always look at the positive side to situations.
Point: In the novel, Chantal was put into a situation where she had to choose between the ultimate goodness for her people and her own desires or committing the greatest sin to achieve the upright verdict for the people of Viscos.
Proof: “Despite all her personal problems, Chantal knew that she lived in a village of decent men and women who honored their commitments, people who walked with their heads held high and were respected throughout the region” (P 23)
Analysis: Chantal had her own hopes and dreams, but she overlooked them as she was living in Viscos. She was a faithful inhabitant of Viscos and believed that Evil had once touched their lives and was gone away forever. When the Stranger declared a proposition to Chantal that would alter their lives, she was trapped in a situation where it felt as if there was no possible positive outcome that could come about it. It was either to...