Importance of Decision Making on Overcoming Evil Spencer Melville

Thesis: In Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Odyssey by Homer, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho all main characters face adversity, and their decision making helps the to overcome evil.

Detail #1 From The Alchemist: In the book The Alchemist, Santiago doesn't listen to the plan that his parents had for him. He made a decision to not take what his parents were saying and he chose himself to pursue exactly what he wanted to. A quote from The Alchemist " They wanted me to be a priest, but I decided to become a shepherd." (Coelho 85)

Detail #1 From Michael Vey: In the books of Michael Vey, he shows free will by not letting people stop him. He doesn't care what he has to do to accomplish he will go for it. Michael has so much power and he knows that people need his help so he sets himself right and overcomes the evil forced down on him. A quote from Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25, Michael says, "I love when I can reboot people when they are being mean to others." (Evans 67)

Commentary: In the two book both of the main characters show free will by not letting people stop them. They had a plan in mind and if they were told that that was not the right plan they knew deep down inside that it actually was the right plan. Each of the characters had obstacles that they faced with their decisions but they both overcame the evil.

Detail #2 From The Alchemist: In the book the Alchemist, Santiago followed the omens. He knew that what the omens were doing were gonna a take him the right place. He knew that his omens were not to become a priest but to become a shepherd. He knew that his omens wanted him pursue his personal legend. A quote when Santiago followed Omens in The Alchemist, "In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you" (Coelho 27)

Detail #2 From The Odyssey: When Odysseus went to the sirens he was approaching pain. When he was listening to the sirens his men had to stuff his ears with beeswax so the pain was not as strong. What Odysseus did was listened to the Sirens no matter what the pain was and he took what he heard and did what he was set out to do. A quote from the epic poem, The Odyssey from Odysseus, "Come this way, honored Odysseus, great glory of the Achaians, and stay your ship, so that you can listen here to our singing; for no one else has ever sailed past this place in his black ship until he has listened to the honey-sweet voice that issues from our lips." (Homer 185)

Commentary: Both characters knew that they needed to listen to pursue their goals. If they took what they were given and actually listened to it they could take something from it. Sometimes they listened to their gut feelings and that decision could benefit them or not. But they could listen to what other people or other things and that decision could also either benefit them or not. Each character when listening to things around them, their decisions helped them to overcome evil.

Detail #3 From The Alchemist: In the book The Alchemist Santiago shows a lot of faith. He follows what he believes in. If it doesn't go by what he believes in then he would rather not know. And he has to have a lot of faith to stand up to his parents about not wanting to become a priest. He also has to have a lot of faith in himself to follow his personal legend and to not let himself give up. A quote from The Alchemist about Santiago and his faith, "He had not a cent in his pocket, but he had faith. He had decided, the night before, that he would be as much an adventurer as the ones he had admired in books." (Coelho 33)

Detail #3 From To Kill A Mockingbird: In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch shows a to of faith by going up against a jury that doesn't care about what he says. They have one answer no matter what. He knew that the jury was racist but still had enough faith to take on the jury. He felt that the case was needed to be won and he had enough faith to go in there and try is hardest to win even if he knew he did not stand a chance. A quote from the movie To Kill A Mockingbird where Atticus Showed faith is, "There's a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep 'em all away from you. That's never possible." (Lee 188)

Commentary: In the two books each character shows faith because they believe in something. They each are very faithful people because if they are given something so unfaithful they won't do it because they know that what they believe in does not want that such thing to happen. Their decisions affect the way that they show faith. They have to make sure that the decisions that they make are faithful. Each character makes faithful decisions that help them to overcome evil.

Conclusion: The decision making that happened in all 4 of these books shows who each character overcame evil. The first detail talks about free will and how Santiago went by what he wanted to and did not let nothing stop him. And Michael Vey had such a good heart that he set his mind to something and did what ever it took to get there. In the second detail where Santiago shows that he really does follow the Omens. He thought that it was good for him and he followed them. Odysseus took the Sirens as more of an encouraging sound even if pain was associated. In the third detail where Santiago shows faith, he believed in something and he went by it. And Atticus Finch went by what he knew was right now matter what the cost was and not matter what he knew was going to happen. In Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Odyssey by Homer, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho all main characters face adversity, and their decision making helps the to overcome evil.

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