This paper discuses the formation of an enemy and how it is represented in Dante's "Divine Comedy" and Melville's "Moby Dick". Along with Citations.

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Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. This phrase is one that we have all heard at some point or another, but what does it really mean to have an enemy or to be the enemy of someone. In many cases a person won't even know he is someone's enemy till that someone tries harming him. While in other cases the individuals won't even know each other because they will be fighting a war and all they now is that they are to fight Communists or Terrorists. Before going straight ahead and labeling someone your enemy have you ever stopped and thought what it was you really were doing or why you were doing it? I think that having enemies gives us a way to deal with the others. Rather than seeking to find out why people react violently toward us, we can simply make them our enemies. It is necessary to delve into this archetype of an enemy and see how it comes to be and to who in this world tends to have the most enemies.

To understand an enemy we must first look at how it comes to be, and to do this we must visit the theories of a man named Darwin. Charles Darwin a man whose theories on evolution have helped shed some light on how plants, animals and even humans are they way they are today, is the starting point in our understanding of an enemy. But what could Darwin possible have to say about enemies, all he wrote about was how animals evolve--but it's within this that the first building blocks of enmity lie. Through his research in animal evolution Darwin developed the principles natural selection and survival of the fittest. In the animal world there is constant competition between animals of...