After he realizes that he could now be considered a murderer, he makes a plan to get a captain to go investigate the wreck in order to save the men's lives. Even though the men he would be saving are murderers and robbers, he doesn’t want to be responsible for their deaths, and tries to correct what he has done wrong. This is the first major step in Huck's moral maturation. At that point, he establishes a set of standards that
This is one of the ways “Cranes” was different than “The Sniper.” Now for the difference for “The Sniper” is that humanity over war wasn’t there. He had to kill the Turret Gunner, Informer and other Sniper (O’Flaherty). It was life or death for him. The Sniper did feel a feeling of humanity over war after killing his own brother. He would’ve believed that if he was more humane maybe his brother would still be alive.
As seen in this passage, that identity is formed in his attempts to make moral evaluations that he believes are right, despite the pressures of ever-present societal codes. Here, Huck reveals an internal moral conflict he is having with helping Jim escape. On the one hand, he wants to tell Miss Watson of Jim’s location because aiding a slave means death to Huck. He believes his community will shun him in saying, “…and if I was ever to see anybody from that town again I’d be ready to get down and lick his boots for shame” (Twin 212). But the thought of the disgrace Jim would receive, too, casts a shadow over his own grief.
Amir first realizes the depth of his cowardice as he watches Assef rape Hassan in the alley and thinks, “I could step in into that alley, stand up for Hassan—the way he stood up for me all those times in the past—and accept whatever happened to me. Or I could run” (Hosseini 77). He has an epiphany that he could choose to be brave and selfless like Hassan and step up to Assef regardless of any physical consequences. However, despite his understanding that the noble choice would be to interfere and stop Assef, Amir is unable to act on it because his fear of Assef overwhelms him. The guilt that consumes Amir in the weeks following Hassan’s rape indicates that he understands the extent of his selfish behavior and needs to resolve it before he can forgive himself.
This position of survival happens when Ed doubts their chances of survival because he is the only capable one to lead them towards survival: “I looked at the dead man. You're dead, Lewis, I said to him. You and Bobby are dead (Dickey 201).” At first, Ed is overwhelmed with the idea of being the hero and leader for the rest of the story because he considered Lewis for that position. But Ed gradually begins to manage and adapt to the survival environment and continually preserves the lives of the group of men. Through Ed’s realization that he can successfully survive these extreme hardships, his boundaries of his tenacious masculinity has been unveiled to himself which is part of his personal revitalization from the trip.
Marlowe appears to believe that lying or withholding information is honorable when it is done as an act of loyalty. Marlowe involves himself in “nastiness” so that “the old man didn’t have to be” (Chandler 230). When Marlowe lays out the events surrounding Geiger’s death to Captain Cronjager and the District Attorney, he purposely refrains from telling them about “Carmen’s visit to Brody’s” (Chandler 108). He does not tell the police that Carmen Sternwood, armed with a gun, appeared at Joe Brody’s door, ready to murder him. It is likely that Marlowe refrains from implicating Carmen in order to spare General Sternwood’s feelings.
In Ender’s Game, Card includes that if Ender fails to defeat the enemies, then “there might not be a home”(292) he can return to for recovery. He isn’t able to realize that his loved ones will accept his true self--violent, declining, and a Third. In order to create hatred against him, he becomes reclusive and separates himself in order to prevent any harm from being done. He believes that his doing caused him to become defiant of his true nature; however, the fault should be placed on the hegemony, which had an influence on his by placing him in the Battle School and Command School. This feeling is able to tie in with a similar feeling child soldiers also feel in the present real world.
“Thornton’s doubt was strong in his face, but his fighting spirit was aroused- the fighting spirit that soars above odds, fails to recognize the impossible, and is deaf to all save the clamor for battle” (52). Buck does the impossible and breaks the sled from the frozen snow and pulls one thousand pounds one hundred yards all by himself. John Thornton wins $1,600 dollars- which is around $46,000 today- and sets off into the wilderness with his accomplices Pete, Hans, Buck, and his other dogs to look for a lost mine. Buck accomplished this tremendous act out of love for John Thornton. “As Thornton got to his feet, Buck seized his mittened hand between his jaws, pressing in with his teeth and releasing slowly, half-reluctantly.
He repeats “because” to make himself believe carrying out his duty of killing the enemy soldier was the right thing to do. He had to put aside his morals and kill the enemy before the enemy kills him.“Yes; quaint and curious war is! You shoot a fellow down you’d treat if met where any bar is or help to half-a-crown”(Hardy 20).The speaker is reflecting on his integrity and how in certain situations you would not kill someone who you could have been friends with. Even though he killed the man he feels guilty and questions his own
When Atticus “pushed his glasses to his forehead,” he is attempting to see what he is about to. He knows that killing is wrong, so “he dropped them in the street.” Atticus could not bear to watch as he went against what he believed. Any other person with a shot as good as Atticus’ would have shot the dog without question. But unlike the others, Atticus makes one last attempt as he “blinks hard,” to try to fathom what his actions will do. He wants to give the dog a chance, much like how he wants to give Tom Robinson a chance.