Mark Twain had once mention in his satirical essay,”The Lowest Animal”, how man is born with a defect; moral sense. He also mention how moral sense was the reason why man was the cruelest animal. Mark Twain is correct, even though man has done a few good deeds in the past, man was born with moral senses that have continually demonstrated how cruel he could be. Man’s moral sense tells him what is right and what is wrong. He can be taught to change his views but still there are a few who never know the difference and some who disagree on what is right.
Normally humans inflict emotional pain to one another out of pleasure, the feeling of doing the action and simply because it is in our nature. Any human has the capability of commiting appalling actions under the right conditions. In Mark Twain’s “The Lowest Animal” there are many observations he has proven to be correct. In his essay he states the true reality of mankind and how cruelty resides in their human nature. He persuades us that man is ignorant, avaricious and foolish.
Thesis: Golding would be surprised to see that there is still savagery in humans today, and that his theory, on HUMANITY was true about humans and their nature. William Golding develops the savagery in humans through Jack and Ralph. Jack emphasises the idea of savagery, and how the boys should live on the island, where he doesn 't want to be civilized. Ralph, on the other hand, wants a CIVILIZATION and this causes problems from the start for all the boys on the island. Because Jack and Ralph hold different opinions of how to live from the start, conflict and rivalry is created.
In this sense, on the one hand, the basic repression is what makes us human, is the consciousness and the ability of being inherently zoon politikon, a social animal and, on the other hand, the surplus repression is what makes us individual regarding the social scheme we live in. What is more important in this surplus label is the fact that it is constructed on oppositions to the unwanted pariahs of the society, who are seen just as crazy or revolutionary if they do not become part of the a homogeneous mass of monogamous heterosexual bourgeois patriarchal capitalists. Following up, Wood offers a broader perspective upon the dichotomies created in the social world. He states that our modern culture is the best example for the surplus repressiveness and what we repress is not accessible to the conscious mind. Also, following Marx’s theory about alienated labor, Wood suggests that the results of the patriarchal capitalism are ranging from frustration to dissatisfaction, from possessiveness to jealousy, in a merry-go-round of individualism and
People aren’t all bad, but there are a lot that act like they are the lowest animal species. Mark Twain’s, “The Lowest Animal”, talks about how people are vulgar, cruel, and depraved. He states that Mankind is the only animal that cruel to other animals and to their own kind. Although I agree with what Mark Twain says, I also believe that there are people that have some kindness to them as well. Mark Twain says that “Man is the only slave.
Humans are naturally good, but the formation of societies and the acquirement of knowledge and wisdom has altered the natural human state of mind. Therefore, the origin of inequality among men arises from the desire to be together. Rousseau began by discussing the origin of man, known initially as homo-sapiens. As man evolved, it came to pass that his “first feeling was that of his existence [and] his first concern was that of his preservation” (Rousseau, 1992, p. 133). Humans are animals and share many characteristics with the stereotypical animal, such as the desire for food, the need for sexual satisfaction, and the act of self preservation.
In “The Lowest Animal”, Mark Twain explains man’s morals and ethics as they compare to the “higher” animals, while in the poem “Ethics” by Linda Pastan, a simple situation is given to show what a person believes is right and wrong; both works reveal the theme hope. Mark Twain takes an interesting approach to explain human nature in his work, “The Lowest Animal”. For example,“[h]e is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it” (Twain 538). People understand that hurting another human being is wrong, whether that be physical or mental abuse. However they sometimes do it anyways for the satisfaction that the action provides.
It is the view of the best consequences for the most amount of people. Utilitarianism can be seen in how the Pre-Cogs are sacrificed to attain the best consequences for the most number of people. It is clear that it is unfair for Agatha and the twins to be kept as possessions or mere cattle just because of a genetic anomaly. However, this society that uses the Pre-Crime system believes that a few can be sacrificed for the good of the many. This is the main problem with the utilitarianism view; the problem of cost-benefit analysis or the ends-justifies-the-means approach.
Also major part of revenge on his creator, he quotes “If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear” (173). To cope with every confrontation with humans and to accept constant rejection the creature will result in causing fear if he is not loved as he deserves. The point he is making is that from his point of view, the conscience cannot handle anymore rejection and he will get attention another way. Just as discussed in class “bad attention is better than no attention at all” (Mesa). From a physiological standpoint, it is completely logical that the creature would come to this conclusion, even if it is meant to do more harm than
“These experiments convinced me that there is a difference between man and the higher animals: he is avaricious and miserly; they are not.” This quote by Mark Twain portrays his stance on the idea of mankind’s feeling of superiority over other species. Although some people believe mankind is superior on Earth, the reality is the human species is the lowest species due to the fact that we are the only species to experience greed and stinginess. Humans have the urge to always collect more, more of anything, even if it is more than necessary. “ I was aware that many men who have accumulated more millions of money than they can ever use have shown ribid hunger for more, and have not scruple to cheat the ignorant and the helpless out of their poor servings in order to partially appease that appetite. (Twain, 13)” This is an example of greed, instead of using ones’ earnings that is useless to them and giving it to someone that could benefit more from it, one often keeps it.