Evil psychopath or Evil sociopath or what?

Is Daniel Plainview a sociopath?  Is he a psychopath? Or something else altogether?

Read this following article about the difference between the two.

Watch Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, recount his experiences writing the book.




Hearts of Darkness Comparative Essay

“On a gathering storm comes
a tall handsome man
In a dusty black coat with
a red right hand…”

Warm up with some evil via Nick Cave and the Bad Seed’s ‘Red Right Hand’.

and now to bring it all to a close:

Hearts of Darkness Assessment 2016









Hearts of Darkness Creative Writing

It is time to expose a heart of darkness.  Write a creative piece which draws inspiration from any of the following:

  • an American Image
  • a City of Shadows crime scene or criminal photograph
  • There Will Be Blood
  • any of the materials you have read or viewed in your wider reading

You will need to make decisions about narrative voice and place and time.  You will need to evoke something of the darkness of human nature in your piece.

TASK: 800 words

Written explanation: 200 words

DUE: Friday 26 August




Talking about Evil

All concerns of men go wrong when they wish to cure evil with evil.

SOPHOCLES, The Sons of Aleus [fragment]


The soul that has conceived one wickedness can nurse no good thereafter.

SOPHOCLES, Philoctetes


Evil is unspectacular and always human

And shares our bed and eats at our own table.

W.H. AUDEN, Herman Melville


Evil is a point of view.

ANNE RICE, Interview with the Vampire


The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.



Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.



Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.



Evil is always possible. And goodness is eternally difficult.

ANNE RICE, Interview with the Vampire


I happen to think that the singular evil of our time is prejudice. It is from this evil that all other evils grow and multiply. In almost everything I’ve written there is a thread of this: a man’s seemingly palpable need to dislike someone other than himself.

ROD SERLING, Los Angeles Times, 1967


No one becomes depraved all at once.

JUVENAL, Satires


Apathy is the glove in which evil slips its hand.



All things truly wicked start from an innocence.



In every man’s heart there is a devil, but we do not know the man as bad until the devil is roused.

JAMES OLIVER CURWOOD, “The Case of Beauvais,” Back to God’s Country and Other Stories


Don’t let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Good-Natured Man


The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.



All evils are equal when they are extreme.



Fairly examined, truly understood,

No man is wholly bad, nor wholly good.



Even an evil man can have principles—he can be true to his own evil, which is not always so easy.

NORMAN MAILER, The Paris Review, winter-spring 1964


“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance” – Socrates


“False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil” – Socrates


In this life, we have to make many choices. Some are very important choices. Some are not. Many of our choices are between good and evil. The choices we make, however, determine to a large extent our happiness or our unhappiness, because we have to live with the consequences of our choices.

James E. Faust


The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.



We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

Martin Luther King, Jr.