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Is selling your soul to the devil worth it? 🤔 lessons from Dorian Gray & Addie Larue

I recently finished The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by VE Schwab, and I fell in love. In the book, Addie, a naive little French girl sells her soul to the devil in return for a lifetime of freedom and invisibility. The devil accepts and grants her her wish of invisibility. Invisibility not in the sense of Harry Potter in his invisibility cloak, but invisibility in the sense of people not remembering her after their initial meeting (clap every time I say "invisibility" - ok, you may stop now..)

To read my review on The Picture of Dorian Gray, click the link:

Ok, so now let's come to the juicy part, the reason why you all probably clicked: is selling your soul to the devil worth it?

Now, I personally learned a lot from both the experiences of Addie & Dorian. Both of their escapades lead to one outcome - agony, which is quite ironic, for agony was what they wanted to escape in the first place.

Here's what I learned from Addie & Dorian:

  • Life is a loop: What you spend your life running away from is going to be the reason for your doom. Quite cruel of the world if you ask me, but it is what it is. Dorian tried avoiding the portrait, the ugly truth of his apparent youth, but in the end, as he drove a dagger into the heart of the portrait, he pierced his own heart. Similarly, Addie wanted one thing from life, which was freedom. She didn't want to marry, be bound to a man, and in the end she got bound to Luc, the very man who gives her freedom, ends up being her captor. So both characters were back where they started. Life is a loop in a way that you can't escape reality or any circumstance which life has presented to you. If you somehow avoid it, it will come back to you at some point in life. You might even be able to escape it again. and again. But there will come a time you won't be able to escape it, and the thing you spent your life running away from will get to you.

  • If you're looking for pleasure in this world, stop. Firstly, why do we seek happiness? Mostly because we believe that having certain things in life will make life perfect. That is so far from reality, because the hunger of a human being is never satisfied. A person walking on a pavement looks at a person travelling on a motorcycle and wishes that was him. The person on the motorcycle (who was most likely once walking down the same pavement) sees a car and wishes it was his. The person sitting in a car looks into the sky and watches an airplane fly above, and wishes it was him sitting on an airplane seat. The person sitting on the economy seat of an airplane passes through business class and wishes he was in the plush seat instead. The person sitting comfortably in the business class seat wishes he had a private jet. You get the point. So, no matter what happens, a person will never be fully satisfied with what he has. Addie, did not want to live the ordinary life her village friends had lived, and when she got the life she wanted, she was unhappy. Dorian wanted to never grow old, so although there wasn't a single wrinkle on his radiant skin, his heart was knotted with worries of the portrait.

Now that we have a general overview of why selling your soul is a stupid idea, here are the pros and cons:

  1. Pro # 1 :- A few moments of bliss and happiness, and maybe if you're lucky, contentment and gratitude.

  2. Con # 1 :- A few moments of bliss and happiness for a lifetime of torture. Seems like a bad bargain (also, the few moments of bliss are most probably going to be ruined anyways because of constant nagging at the back of your head)

  3. Pro # 2 :- none.

  4. Con # 2 :- The devil will probably ask for a discount, because no one is willing to pay full price for your already damaged soul.

so, are you willing to make a deal with the devil?


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Oct 06, 2021

That was just mind bobbling

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