In the novel The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding the author, Alexandra Bracken, addresses the issues of Demons; she illustrates that demons are real and can control human hosts.
My novel is about a boy named Prosper trying to get a demon named Alastor out of him. The reason Alastor is in him is Prosper's ancestor, Honor Redding, broke a contract that would give him what he wanted in exchange for his soul to be Alastor's slave when he died. When Prosper was to turn 13, Alastor would gain his full power and wreak havoc on the Redding family.
Demons causing harm to their hosts is supported by many sources. In Funk & Wagnalls's' words, " These same spirits, they believed, not only affected the fortune of an individual but even entered into the physical body, causing frenzy as well as epilepsy and other diseases". This shows that when a demon takes control of you, sickness also takes over and causes massive pain.
Furthermore, Funk & Wagnalls write, "They may be human or nonhuman, hostile or friendly, and devoted to one or many places or functions" The information given shows that some demons can be human, deceiving you to make you think that they aren't as evil as an inhuman demon is. With this, they can be attacking multiple people, causing even more havoc.
She stood on the bridge In silence and fear For the demons of darkness Had driven her here They cut her heart Right out of her chest Making her believe That the demons knew best They were always there Sometimes just out of sight Waiting in the background Till the time was right These demons were destructive Knocking down the life she knew Hating everything about her She hated herself too These demons can't be seen But they're far from fairy tales They live inside your mind Their evilness prevails So on the bridge she stood About to end the fight Then she stopped and thought I'll fight them one more night
Evidence of demons having horrible effects on their host is also supported in poems too. In the poem "Demons Of Darkness" the author Olivia B. writes, "They cut her heart Right out of her chest Making her believe That the demons knew best". From this text, I can assume that demons cause torture to their host in order to make them think they are omniscient. If the host is to believe this, the demon or demons could lead them into misery or even death. Furthermore, the demons destroyed and made the girl feel dreadful: "These demons were destructive Knocking down the life she knew Hating everything about her She hated herself too". In this excerpt, the demons destroy and make the girl hate herself. Therefore, having demons can cause a change of perspective on the world. Finally, the poem "Demons Of Darkness" shows, "These demons can't be seen But they're far from fairy tales They live inside your mind Their evilness prevails"(Olivia B.). Just like the novel The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, the demons aren't outside telling you what to do, but rather inside your mind making you do their bidding. If you refuse, they could torment you.
Finally, the novel has evidence of demons inside of it. On page 44, Alexandra Bracken writes, "What are you talking about?" I asked, reaching over turn the book towards me. "Look right here, it says-" There was a sharp pain in my chest, like someone had stabbed me straight through with a burning rod." Since Prosper had a demon inside of him, he could read the inscription inside the book. Due to this, his family wanted to kill him so the curse of the demon would be lifted.
Additionally, Alastor , the demon inside of Prosper, thinks, "It might have been careless of him to reveal his ability to control the boy's body, but the temptation to frighten him into submission had simply been too great."(Bracken) With this, Alastor could do anything that can harm Prosper.
Finally, Alastor says to Prosper, "An excellent point, Maggot. I wonder, how can you entrust your life to two people who endeavor to keep secrets from each other? Because surely if they lie to each other... they lie to you as well."(Bracken) If Alastor is to keep telling his host things like this, Prosper could make a decision that he regrets.
As you can see, demons can cause pain and suffering to their hosts. They are far more powerful than we can imagine. If there is something we desire, they can trick us into letting them feed on you for the thing you want most. If you aren't suspicious of anything, they can and will get to you, causing you to do things you would never do. Thus, demons make people suffer.