Are people born evil? It do is an interesting question. I don’t think everyone of us is born evil. Great examples were established in Charles Dickens’ renowned book – A Tale of Two Cities.
Firstly, I think people are not born good or evil but are born blank as a sheet, a white, clear sheet. However, people are only becoming evil that they are affected by others and making evil choices.
Madame Defarge is a nice example in a tale of two cities that is affected to be evil when grown up. I think she was blank as a sheet when she was small, but then she was affected and turned to be cold by the death of her sister and brother. They were dead because of the French aristocracy – Envemode family. After that, she heart turn steel and she chose to the road of hatred and revenge. She wanted to take revenge on the Envemode family and take revolution when she saw how poor peasants in France are.
She was not evil at first, she wanted change the life of French peasants, and however, she was evil then that she was too blind about her revenge desire. She wanted to kill the French aristocracy off but not only the Envemode. She had ever said, “To me, women! What! We can kill as well as the men when the place is taken!” She did not realize the way of forgiving. She was just repeating the tragedies even through French peasants were not the victims. People all killed and wars were everywhere. She has chosen the way of taking revenge that brought her to the road of evil. If she has chosen the road of forgiving and goodness, tragedies probably have not been happened.
In the other hand, Sydney Carton is another great example in a tale of two cities that is affected to be good when once he met Lucie. Lucie is his light in his life. Before he met Lucie, he is reckless, he was frustrated and just let people take advantage in him that he thought he has nothing to do so in life. But then when he met Lucie, he became alive, although he was still low self-esteem and frustrated, he said that he told Charles when he was drunk, “”I am a disappointed drudge, sir. I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me.” He was jealous about Charles but he was very different with Madame Defarge, he did not take revenge or choose the way to hatred but he has chosen the road to love, he express in his sacrifice for Charles that to keep his promises, that he ever told Lucie, “For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything. I would embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you.
And when you see your own bright beauty springing up anew at your feet, think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you.” Later on, when Charles has been charged and needed to be sent to the guillotine, he kept his promise, and ran for the road of love more than jealous and taking revenge. He knew the definition of love is to love the person, leave happiness for him, but not having the person. He had choices, he could choose not to keep the promises, then Charles would die and probably Lucie would love him soon. But he did not do that, moreover, he loves Lucie and scarified his life.
He was happy at last and he said a word, “It is far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”From the above great examples in A Tale of Two Cities, I truly believe that people are not born evil but born blank. To be evil or to be good is the choice we have to face, it will be affected by others and the surroundings such as Madame Defarge was affected by the death of her sister and brother and Sydney was affected by Lucie that he choose to scarify his life to keep Charles besides Lucie. When we knew the meaning of love, the meaning of forgiving, evilness would not come over but we will be good and kind. We born nothing and we choose what we want to be that I believe people are not born evil.