The people understood Hooper’s veil as a sort of concealing a secret sin, or an act of pure insanity and therefore shunned away from him. “In this manner Mr. Hooper spent a long life, irreproachable in outward act, yet shrouded in dismal suspicions: kind and loving though unloved and dimly feared; a man apart from men, shunned in their health and joy” (11). The shallow analysis of the town people of the true representation of Hooper’s veil, led to the creation of a fence between Mr. Hooper and his congregation instead of dismantling the fake façade that separate people’s inner souls from the apparent personalities. Perhaps Mr. Hooper underestimated the fear of admitting sin among people; therefore, instead of evoking people to acknowledge that everyone hides a secret sin behind a “veil” of pretenses, believes, and behavior, Hooper was himself accused of hiding a sin as Elizabeth declared, “… there may be whispers that you hide your face under the consciousness of secret sin” (8). The writing style of Hawthorne is unclear whether Hooper intended to show that each person lives in a state of sin to start with, or whether he simply wanted to make a point that Sunday morning to go along with the topic of his sermon.
In Anthem by Ayn Rand we follow Equality 7-2521 as he goes against social customs to rediscover electricity. He knows that this is a sin because he is merely a street sweeper and isn’t worthy of being a scholar. Equality 7-2521 commits other sins as well, he shows favor towards International 4-8818 and Liberty 5-3000 even naming her the Golden One. After showing his rediscover to the World Council, Equality 7-2521 is disregarded for only the scholars are worthy of innovation. Before he can be fatally punished Equality 7-2521 flees into the Uncharted Forest, and is saddened because he knows that he will never see the Golden One again but also thankful for she deserves better than the Damned.
He does not necessarily align to expected social norms, and lives his life according to his own needs. Regardless of the types of differences they hold, the two are still forced under the nebulous category of the mad because of the fact that they are simply just different. Me describes Rameau’s nephew as “one of the most bizarre characters,” and Don Quijote is constantly called mad throughout the book through passing minor characters. The descriptions mean dissimilar ideas but come to same idea: strange and different. From the views of others in the books, the two characters are indeed strange, as they commit to behaviors out of the ordinary.
This also represents the importance of image to him and shows that he is self-conscious about himself. “‘We shall not do you any harm,’ said the District Commissioner..” (Achebe 194). This is quite ironic since the Europeans ended up abusing Okonkwo and his comrades and eventually destroying the Igbo culture. In this quote the author is implying that in the European's’ perspective, they are doing a good thing for the Igbo in the Umuofia by changing their beliefs, but in reality they are destroying their culture which the foundation and the identity of the Igbo. The author attempts to teach us to see things in a different perspective and not only solely rely on one perspective because if we do, we are probably missing the reality or the truth.
And, although his purloin is a serious transgression, as it gridlocks the counterfeited progress of collectivism, Equality is apathetic. This is shown, when he writes psychological reflections and thoughts in a journal, unawarely soul searching. Through these reflections, Equality realizes that he, “wish[es] nothing save to be alone and to learn”. Demonstrating, that when given the chance, Equality can flourish in free thought, away from the fictitious collective thought of his society. Although Equality progresses in egocentrism through learning, knowledge alone cannot liberate him from altruism.
"Kim is a window into a complex, colorful, romantic and crackling good history that ought not to be judged by today's standards". (In Search of Kipling's Inspiration). The greatest element of the book, the thing that propels the plot, illuminates the places, brings the other characters to life, and most importantly makes you care about any of it, is Kim himself. Kimball O'Hara must be one of most lovable, believable, absorbing characters in all of literature. Kipling's quintessential urchin is streetwise, clever, courageous; yet unmistakably still a kid, capable of boredom, fear, and loneliness.
Betraying friend is considered as a known evil because it is against the trust in-between relation with the friend, as not seen him as a friend but as a mean only to escape from the penalty. According to the second statement of the Categorical Imperative, treat people always as an end and never as a means only (Nam, 2017), because this would destroy the relationships with others, but humanity as a sociable species is hard to survive in society without proper relations. Even one can set free, as people know he betrayed his friend, they would not make friends with him by a lack of trust. While trust is hard to create and easy to destroy, betraying once is enough to damage it in whole. On the other hand, betray friend also worsens one’s behavior.
Everyone makes mistakes in life, some are excusable and some are not. Thomas Hobbes felt that if there were no contract then people would just act on instinct- rape, pillage etc- human beings in their natural state are inclined to war and distrust. There is a reason why we have the prison system, so that criminals pay for their actions and to protect the people. He states he has a wife that is expecting and two kids on the way. If he is a good and harmless guy as he states he is then it would never cross his mind to being involved in an
This is an evil to say, for it is a transgression, the great Transgression of Preference, to love any among men better than others, since we must must love all men and all men are our friends” (Rand 30). This shows that if one chooses to commit a transgression in a collectivist society they’re willing to put “me” before “we.” Both stories allow the reader to see the effects one can have on a society if they commit a transgression within their
Free will is an illusion: anyone who deviates from the norm is considered a mistake, and either forcibly brought back to conformity or destroyed. It is either utopia or hell, depending on the perspective. IT says its various offshoots are happy, but does happiness have any meaning in such a tightly controlled environment? In the story, IT possessed Charles Wallace asks the reason why we have wars and unhappiness on earth. He replies by saying that people live their own, separate lives unlike the residents of Camazotz.
He gained his power from propaganda, preying on the hopes of the innocent, and a governing system without limitations. Something of this magnitude should never come into effect again, and there should be checks and balances in place to prevent such occurrences. Furthermore, this horrific genocide also portrays the atrocity of racism. Racism is still in dilemma in society today. Although the holocaust was tragic, it can serve as a reason why people need to love, and support each other, rather than hate, and
Equality has the right to change his mind about the law because it isn 't a far law to everybody. It 's ironic that Ayn Rand called equality 7-2521 because he actually never really finds equality. From the being, he never understood why he was different and why he always got in trouble. He changes his mind about how society is wrong because at the end he learns in self-rights, much more technology, and the meaning of life should be. When equality was assigned with street sweeper he figured it was from his sins. "