Friday, August 20, 2010

Charm and Evil

I am posting this in light of what is going on in our world right now.  Charisma can be a destructive force when in the wrong hands...

It is an interesting oxymoron, that charm and evil often exist together. It takes only a short analysis of the notorious villains in history to see that their charismatic skills of persuasion were paramount in victimizing their prey. Bernie Madoff would not have been able to pillage billions from clients without a charming persona and the ability to manipulate investors with a carefully orchestrated image designed to deceive his victims. In Pages in the Wind, Captain Jacob Taylor is able to commit horrendous acts of violence against Emily free of active intervention from anyone.

His charm is illustrated in this passage from Pages in the Wind:

Her father was gregarious and the first one invited to a party, for his quick wit and engaging presence. He was often called on to be the master of ceremonies at naval functions. He was not hindered by inhibitions, and reveled at being the center of attention without looking foolish or self-serving. His co-workers admired him for his intelligence and imposing demeanor, and women found him attractive and seductive. He filled up every room that he walked into. His stride was confident, and in his company you knew that you were in the presence of a man that could have whatever he desired. It was the way he laughed with his eyes, the way he exuded confidence with every step he took, the way he seasoned his conversation with interesting anecdotes.

It must be confusing to young Emily to watch the father that purposefully hurts her to be celebrated by family and friends. She is far too young to discern the difference between the private and public man. She longs for her father's charm to be directed at her. This reinforces the perception that she is hopelessly flawed and unworthy. What will be the long term effect of seeking this approval? Will Emily be drawn to men that are similar to her father? Perhaps more disastrous, will she be prey to men that give her the love and affection that she so desperately needs?


  1. I LOVE your writing! I am so excited when you post more about Emily and I think that she is looking for an exact copy of her father. I do not like Reid one bit and I think he is going to turn out to be the copy and that is not good for her one bit!!!

  2. Ive been following your blog for awhile now. You are so great at descriptions and i hope it makes its way to a great book. Your blog is thought provoking.

  3. Awesome writing and graphics. I'm a new follower, compelling story. I'm going back to the beginning, very interesting read.

  4. I am scared for Emily! I love her and have been going back and following her journey. GREAT writing!

  5. Very good writing! I like this blog and I hope you don't mind if I add you as a link on mine. I will wait for a response first. This will be a great book. Thanks!

  6. can you give me a translator..

    but i still like ur writing..

    good job


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