“Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses to be bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?” (Burgess 95). In A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess suggests that man struggles with choice. Though it is those struggles and choices made from grappling that make man human. Their endeavor to create a right and a wrong is what separates them from animals. Burgess argues that man would no longer be human if their ability to choose is taken away. Anthony Burgess was born February 25, 1917 in Manchester, England to a mother, a father, and a sister (Anthony Burgess). Though it was only one year later that he lost both his sister and mother to influenza. Their death, his mother’s in particular, left a lasting impact on his life and later affected his writings. In 1922, four years later, Burgess’ father remarried to Margaret Dwyer, an unloving and spiteful woman who left scars on Burgess (41 Facts on Anthony Burgess). Burgess’ Catholic upbring along with a childhood marred with beatings and abuse caused him to escape with music. A passion he wanted to pursue in college …show more content…
Burgess uses government suppression in his book to control the population (A Clockwork Orange Shmoop) and force society to behave. He has created Alex to “represent violence as an act of assertion, a positive force” (Dix) because Alex, in this sense, is the better of the people in society because he has his own will and freedom. Burgess has the government fix society’s problems and in doing so, has given them complete power over the people. Taken away is their free will and so society is no longer good, just people forced to be under fear of punishment. Alex is the rebel so even though he is evil at a moral standpoint, some argue is the good because he was chosen his own fate (A Clockwork Orange: Correction, Destiny, Good or Evil)
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Every day our society labels people as either good or bad. As human beings we strive to reach the standard of good, to be a good person, to be the hero of our own story. Yet frequently we fall short. We mess up. The Greek playwright Sophocles brilliantly provided an answer to these moral mysteries in his work, Antigone: “Think: all men make mistakes,/ But a good man yields when he/ Knows his course is wrong,/ And repairs the evil: The only/ Crime is pride” (Sophocles).
“Remember it 's a sin to kill a mockingbird.” this is a quote from Harper Lee’s book, “To Kill a Mockingbird”. This book shows that how white people treated black people unfairly in that day, but Atticus still teaches his children the right way, and do the right thing. Atticus, as a justice lawyer, choose to help the poor black young man to prove the truth, even though he knew that this will not work, but he still choose the right thing. As a father and a parent, he chooses to teach his child the right thing, and treat his children as an adult.
Werner’s story taught us there will always be evil, but as long as there is courage and community, good will prevail. By making the choices that align with our morals, by utilizing our free will, we can ensure the outcome. Werner asks himself and the reader, “Is it right to do something only because everyone else is doing it?” (Doerr 246). Werner’s story tells us the correct answer is no.
Horrible Warnings – Oppositions of the Good Life Terrible examples sometimes possess greater value than good ones. Not only do these horrible warnings display clear distinctions as compared to the proper examples, but people can also obtain better understanding through negative demonstrations. In Antigone and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Antigone and Martin Luther King Jr. both define the good life as the courage of self-sacrifice for the betterment of others. While they provide the proper definition of the good life, there are also some characters or people in both texts illustrating the horrible warnings of what is not the good life.
(Young Goodman Brown 1). Everyone held up on a faith’s and innocence’s pedestal have also fallen into the trap of temptation. Everyone falls into the sin and temptation placed before them. There is not a single truly perfect person in the world, but people do not always initially realize this. Humanity will consciously resist all evil coming their way, while the subconscious craves it.
All through history, notable figures have endeavored to characterize or order moral conduct. Similarly, in life, we endeavor to gauge ourselves against what is good and bad. To makes these judgments, we use our experience, elements of our faith in the divine, what we take in from notable public voices, what we have learned from society, from mentors, and from our parents. Since, no has ultimately circumscribed what genuinely moral and what isn't, we each have to make the best choices available.
Human motivation for good deeds is a mixture of both philosophies; however, it is primarily out of fear and selfishness. ` Jonathan Edwards’ famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is proof of the Puritan ideology of human wickedness. For example, the Puritans believed that “if God
Humans, a funny thing they are. Are they dauntless, or careless; hardworking or greedy; good or bad? Some argue that whether a person is good or bad comes down to their experiences or walk of life, although that may very well factor into a person’s character, I don’t fully agree. By nature, humans are essentially bad. Humans are tainted, imperfect even, most of their so called ‘good decisions’, are due to fear of what would happen if they didn’t make that choice as opposed to their own will and want.
“Inside each of us there is the seed of both good and evil. It’s a constant struggle as to which one will win. And on cannot exist without the other”. (Eric Burdon) In Miller’s play The Crucible Abigail and Elizabeth both had to choose between good and evil.
In life, we have to make many choices. There is a constant struggle when it comes too good and evil. One cannot exist without the other. The choices we make however, determine the extent of our happiness. The obvious thing to say about evil is that it is the opposite of good.
“Remember that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed. Everywhere I see bliss, from which alone I am irrevocably excluded. I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend” (69). He sees goodness from the outside, while in confinement. From the beginning, our personalities and who we will become are set, we have traits passed down and we will always act how we act.
The abstraction of these virtues from the corpus of divine, instigate selfishness and hypocrisy. So what needs to be attacked is man’s own thinking process: his assumption that the tree of mercy lay only in the mind of others. This cancerous tree is the real disease. Through the ‘Human Abstract’ Blake refers to the Tree as an embodiment of enslavement.
Government has the authority to lead the people, but there is an extent of their control. The novel Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess, depicts a dystopian world of extreme crime and violence. However, while the depicted society does condemn violence, it also facilitates the destruction of humanity and the autonomy of individuals. When a human is depersonalized and stripped of their free will, they are simply the “clockworks” under the control of their oppressors. They are no longer a person; rather, they are the robot that is programmed to give more power to the government.