He eventually finds his own morals and tells himself what is right and what is wrong. Part of this realization came from him helping Jim, which troubled his mind because of what society said about helping him. But he then based his decision to help on his own experiences and logic. That is kind of what Fahrenheit 451 puts forth. But instead of trying to gain knowledge it is being destroyed, all because society is trying to promote ignorance which causes sameness in all.
That being said, Shakespeare has given each character their fair share of attributes that are certainly repugnant, and therefore only making the above statement partially true. The men of the story are all characterised as the leaders of their society who dominate the women in their lives. They are bigoted and manipulative in their own ways; however they still manage to maintain calm and measured exteriors. A prime example of this type of male in 'Othello' is Iago. Iago, to everyone else, seems like an honest and good man who will do everything in his power to help those around him succeed, but is really just power-hungry, two-faced and manipulative.
Although his actions are very insane, they can be seen as rational to reader considering hedonism. Devotion to pleasure, hedonism, makes Dorian be deceitful about his true self by deflecting the attention of the public from the mad man to the beautiful and intelligent gentlemen. Dorian is, young, sensitive, and emotional, meaning that he is susceptible to manipulation. Lord Henry takes advantage of that opportunity and gives Dorian the yellow book; this book opens up the world of hedonism and aestheticism which eventually turns his young life into an eternal oblivion of misery. Dorian develops a fear of aging so he tries to live his life as if it was his last day on earth.
It is almost natural for human beings to care about the way others look at them and to fear the judgments that are place upon them. This fear is a large contributor to the motivations that certain individuals have, consequently affecting their actions. In Hamlet, The Great Gatsby and The Kite Runner, the protagonists Hamlet, Jay Gatsby and Amir are all longing for the love of another, fearing that that individual will judge them for their flaws and mistakes. Both Hamlet and Amir’s main motives result from love of their fathers; Hamlet devotes his life to avenging his father and Amir will do anything to receive his father’s attention and love. Jay Gatsby is also motivated by love, however it is by the love he has for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.
Dumbledore makes Harry see that even if Voldemort had not hurt him personally, he would still want him destroyed: “He thought of all the terrible deeds he knew Voldemort had done. A flame seemed to leap inside his chest, searing his throat” Virtuous living is a way of life that requires harmonising the way you experience the world at times with the virtues themselves, therefore they are not things which you can switch on an off, but instead they are engrained in your every action and thought process. When you ethically focus on character, you then make judgments about how people are, as opposed to what they do or about the rules that they follow Virtue ethics stresses the fact that character, whether good or bad defines a person. When you say that you couldn’t do something based on ‘who you are’ this is because of a sense of your moral code and the way that you wish to be viewed by others, you’re saying that the way you understand virtues means that some actions are just not possible for you. Just
How does the creature’s desire for help and acceptance remind you of anyone in your own life who has struggled to fit in or find help from others who do not understand that person? Do you believe the creature’s actions toward Victor and his loved ones are justified? You might not approve of the killings, but do they make sense, and should he be blamed for them? Answer: It reminds me a lot of people who struggle to fit in because they will sometimes go to unbelievable measures, like the monster, to fit in. I don’t approve of the killings but it does make sense.
Other than that, it was not easy for George to shoot Lennie but he had to do it because if he didn’t he knew that Curley would and in a more painful way. Therefore George had to make the sacrifice and be the one who shoots Lennie himself so that Lennie wouldn’t have to suffer. Without Lennie, George also faces other problems on his own such as loneliness with no one to care for and no one to care for himself. Steinbeck’s characterization plays an important role in showing how Lennie himself brought him to his own death. On page 2 of the novel, Steinbeck gives a description of Lennie: “Behind
If abstractness, projection of people’s emotions, and uselessness of art create morality in art, then the art itself cannot be moral or immoral, thus proving Wilde’s theory true. There are different examples in the book The Picture of Dorian Gray that shows Dorian’s projection of his own feelings onto art rather than just letting the art be a form of pleasure. Dorian constantly projects meaning and pulls out morals from art, which leaves Dorian feeling poisoned. At one point he even tells Lord Henry that he was never going to forgive him for being poisoned with a book (Wilde 180). Lord Henry responds to this by noting that Dorian was beginning to moralize, and this was a negative thing because he believed that the books and art themselves did not make morals, therefore art could not be poison.
Many led to the downfall of Dorian Gray; however, the main reasons are Lord Henry’s influence, the idea of Hedonism, and Dorian’s conscience. Lord Henry’s intentions to influence Dorian are evident in chapter 1 when Basil says, “Don’t try to influence him. Your influence would be bad.” Basil knows that Lord Henry’s influence is going to be primarily negative and knows that Dorian is going to become infatuated by him. This ignites Dorian’s flame for Lord Henry; he sees this as a challenge. Later in their friendship, we start to see that Lord Henry is merely stirring thoughts that Dorian already had inside of himself and was just afraid to let them be known.
Throughout the novel the character ‘Dorian Gray’ changes massively in his outlook upon like and towards the people around him. This change in character could cause dislike for the character however there are many examples where it would cause sympathy instead. We soon learn that before the novel began Dorian’s parents had both died; his father murdered and mother committed suicide. This turmoil in the early stages of life can provide reason for instability giving the reader an excuse for sympathy. This lack of a father figure to influence him positively through his life could also provide reasoning for his ease to be influenced by Lord Henry.