Father Of Lies
About the Author
As Lidda starts to realize Lucian's desires to control her into his will, she reverts to her sanguinity and optimism to set her. Lidda starts shutting Lucian out of her head, and eventually gains enough will power to dispell his sinister voice from her body once and for all. As the story concludes, the village people of Salem infer that Lidda's bipolar disorder is a curse from the devil. They are quick to condemn her as witch regardless of her countless times to expose the real witches and purify Salem. She quickly flees into the woods where she realizes that she had Will power all along. With this empowering her, she finds the courage to escape Salem once and for all. As Lidda celebrates her new found freedom, she reminisces of her baby brother and family. She soon later discovers that Lucian was just a fragment of her bipolar disorder, and realizes that she was free all along.
The theme of Father of lies is evil exploiting innocence. This is represented through how Lucian is simply able to take advantage of Lidda's purity and innocence. With Lidda being very naive and childlike, she makes a very susceptible victim to Lucian's abusive Control and dominion. With Lucian being a sinister character, his desires to feed off Lidda's weak mind are fulfilled, through manipulation and deceit.
Lidda's naive innocence also leads her to be indecisive about her feelings towards Lucian. Lidda "could not decide if she felt reassured by his comments or Unnerved, but she rather thought she Welcomed Lucian's voice, even when it seemed a bit threatening." (Turner 131). This excerpt from the book supports how threatened and subdued Lidda feels from Lucian's presence. Lucian's controlling threatening character attempts to force his will on Lidda, stating "Because I have other plans for you and if you tell I will abandon You to your fate. To emphasize his words Lidda felt a shock through her whole body." (Turner 73) This excerpt supports the theme of evil exploiting innocence by representing how Lucian uses fear as a master method of his domination to control Lidda's will. This theme of evil exploiting innocence is still very present in our society. We as humans like to benefit off the naive people who willingly believes. We as humans like taking advantage of the people who easily believe without any revolt. We as humans exploit the weak minded and naive, using their ignorance of knowledge as personal gain. Society likes to benefit off the innocent and naive. This has been proven through many events in history such as slavery, segregation, and the "Indian Removal Act in 1830" (loc).
All these event had one thing in common, society was benefiting and exploiting the ignorance and innocence of another group. The theme of evil exploiting innocence is also displayed in modern society through factor of age. Many young naive girls and boys are manipulated into early sex and drugs, simply because they thought they were in love. With so many teens being naive and gullible, it's easy for anybody to take advantage of them and lead them into doing things that would never do. The theme of evil exploiting innocence is still strongly present in modern society through these events and scenarios.
Major Characters Analyzed
Lucian is the antagonist of the story. He starts out portraying to be a sinister voice inside of Lidda's head. He is a very controlling and abusive character. He first gets a grip on Lidda by coaxing her by telling her "I am not a nightmare Lidda, and I am far more than a dream." (Turner 3). These first words to Lidda are the beginning of his dominion over her mind. Lucian is also very manipulative in the way he tries to make Lidda believe that his will is more effective than her own. As shown in this excerpt "Because I have other plans for you and if you tell I will abandon You to your fate. To emphasize his words Lidda felt a shock through her whole body." (Turner 73), Lucian desire to enforce his will on Lidda prevails through the way he uses fear as method of manipulation. Lucian is also a very pitiful and disconsolate character. His pitiful and vile words "It is lonely here. I yearn for warmth, to be in a living being." (Turner 4), presents his desire for life, and how he desires to feed off the purity of Lidda. Lucian is also deceitful. He takes advantage of Lidda's gullibility and promises her false and trivial things.
He glitters Lidda's generality with false promises and lies, stating "Do not forget delight, girl. I'm full of delights. I will show them to you and you have a life, a real life. Not a pinched, squeezed in excuse for a life. I will always be here to talk to, unlike your other friends." (Turner 89). Lucian sinister and manipulative character feeds off Lidda's innocence and purity.
Symbols and Motifs
Lucian's character represents the symbol of evil in the book father of lies. The first factor that supports this theory is his name. The name Lucian is similar to the name Lucifer, which is the name of the fallen angel, the Devil. The author intentionally made this similarity evident, so we can see how the symbol of evil runs through the book. Another factor that supports this theory is how Lidda describes Lucian's monstrous look. This excerpt states that"The grotesque creature was looking at her. It's head turned with the swirl of dark long hair and silver Eyes gleaming in the moonlight like small stars. It seemed to be calling to her" (Turner 2). This excerpt portrays Lucian's physical demeanor and his appearance. This characterization of Lucian supports the theory that he is infused with evil through his looks and his character.
Another symbol represented in this book is the rope that is used to hang the accused witches. The rope represents ignorance. People were hung unreasonably, due to the lack of logical knowledge and reasoning. This continued through the summer of 1692 where "nineteen men and women, all having been convicted of witchcraft, were carted to Gallows Hill, a barren slope near Salem Village, for hanging." (Law2).
Important Quotations Explained
At this point in the book, Lidda is talking to herself, and cramming the words that the church had taught her over in her head. She repeatedly exclaims thoughtfully, "breast... I am not allowed to use that word. Breast, unless it refers to the breasts of wild beasts in the Bible, if it is in the Bible it is alright." (Turner 22). This quote is significant because it displays Lidda's pure mind and innocent mind, and how she makes a susceptible target to Lucian's sinister schemes.
At this point Lidda is contemplating fleeing Salem and being free, but Lucian undermines her plan by his threatening statement. He tries to scare her by telling her that "They will come for you.. Come later they will and catch you like a wild animal in the woods. They will carry you up to the tree and string you up besides goody Bishop...string you up." (Turner 229). This quote is significant because it displays the main theme of how Lucian manipulates Lidda through the fear and threats.
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