Capital Sins

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Evil The seven deadly sins is a more popular but less accurate name for the capital sins.

The seven capital sins are pride, wrath (rage), envy, greed, sloth (spiritual laziness), lust and gluttony. the first five are sins of the spirit and the last two sins of the flesh.

These sins represent the seven primary ways by which Satan tempts us and enslaves us to sin. In the short stories "Where are going where have you been" by Joyce Carol Oates and "A good man is hard to find" by Flannery O'Connor the characters illustrate types of evil by demonic natures; controlling factors and apparent ignorance.

Demonic nature is when an individual is tempted by an evil spirit and moral values deteriorate to the extent of rationalizing evil actions an example of such would be when somebody envies someone else to such an extent that they become obsessed with the other individual that they feel that they must be better then them and the only way for them to solve this problem in this case is to destroy.

A similar example is in the story "where are you going where have you been" is when the character Arnold Friend notices Connie at the drive in restaurant and sees her innocence and feels he must take it. When Arnold is at Connie's house he tells her "I'll come inside you where it's all secret and you'll give in to me and you'll love me" (Oates 1017) which was his way of letting her know what cruel intentions he had in mind for her. The two most obvious deadly sins that Arnold illustrates in this situation are lust and wrath. However in "A good man is hard to find" the man in the story called the misfit is a criminal loose from...