Something Wicked This Way Comes
Good vs. Evil Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
He wanted to be near and not near them, he saw them close, he saw them far. Suddenly they were awfully small in too large a room in too big a town and much too huge a world. In this unlocked place they seemed at the mercy of anything that might break in from the night.
Including me, Will thought, including me. (8.4-8.5)
Here we see the domesticity of the home connoting a place of safety. We'll let you puzzle over what Will could possibly mean about being a danger to his parents.
Where the colored rain touched the floor, a pair of dusty small shoes poked out. Just beyond the downpour the evil boy loitered.
Evil? Will blinked. Why evil? Because. "Because" was reason enough. A boy, yes, and evil. (19.51)
The novel relies on gut instincts like Will's reaction here to substantiate the presence of evil.
"Dad? Am I a good person?"
"I think so. I know so, yes."
"Will – will that help when things get really rough?"
"It'll help." (28.4-28.7)
Will's dad seems to be saying that it'll help, but it won't be enough. How do we know Will is a good person? Does it help him when the going gets rough?