He continually humbles himself as he chooses a righteous profession of a parson and withholds judgements of even the most sinful of men. The Parson has nothing but love for others in his heart. Only a man of great compassion is willing to travel by foot in the midst of horrendous weather to the houses of his parishioners. While the Friar and Pardoner are both men of the church, their dedication to their position is nothing in comparison to that of the Parson. The Parson does not guilt people for their sins or rely on repeating the same text like the Friar and Pardoner.
This shows that John is a merciful being and desires forgiveness from his wife and God, therefore demonstrating traits of a good man. Furthermore, John has a heated argument with his wife, due to his encounter with Abigail, alone. Although, he thinks his wife will doubt him, she states on the contrary, “I do not judge you. The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you. I never thought you but a good man, John - only somewhat bewildered” (55).
Lord Chesterfield’s letter to his son goes far beyond what is typically expected of a parent addressing a child. The good natured advice is therefore trampled by the presumption that Chesterfield’s son simply will not live up to his potential despite the advantages he has been given through education and status. Chesterfield imposes his own morals and values by toying with the guilt of privilege, contradicting himself and making a mockery of failure, consequently, presenting his advice as the only acceptable recourse. The first paragraph is underlined by the use of irony, however the high level of writing and expertise prevents this from overwhelming the reader. Originally Chesterfield downgrades his own advice by addressing the common
This quote provides us with the detail that Gatsby has the notion that he was never born to human parents because he views himself as superior to not only them, but Jesus Christ. Gatsby believes he was born to himself whereas Jesus relied upon God to give him life (Dilworth 120). Strengthening this comparison, Fitzgerald tells the reader through the voice of Nick that “[Gatsby] was a son of God-- a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that-- and that he should be about His Father’s business” (Fitzgerald 98). Fitzgerald is comparing this allusion to the book of Luke when Jesus tells Mary that he must be about his “Father’s business” (Luke 2.49). Jesus and Gatsby are both referring to God when they say they are responsible to carry out their Father’s business, while also declaring independence from their biological parents (Dilworth 120).
She did not have much hope left anyways for her life because she annoyed the misfit with her ugly and selfish ways. In another quote the grandmother implies that the misfit is a good man by stating, "Yes it's a beautiful day," said the grandmother. "Listen, " she said, "You shouldn't call yourself the misfit because I know you're a good man at heart. I can just look at you and tell" (421). The grandmother doesn't know the misfit from Adam, yet she already gave him a persona that he has to match.
Some people become too clouded by his wealthy image that they do not see him as anything but the embodiment of greatness. Nick Carraway as a narrator is unreliable, but as a friend, he is not honest to the other characters, even Gatsby who he idealises. An unreliable narrator is a narrator who tells you a story that you cannot take for the stated value. In the case of The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway is an unreliable narrator. He is not insane, but lying and deluded.
Since Gatsby fails to adhere to these qualities of a self-reliant man, he is a romantic dreamer that is not self-reliant. In his essay, Emerson describes the quality of materialism and suggests that a self-reliant man must not be materialistic, and this is a fault of Gatsby that is expressed in the novel. Emerson believes that materialism leads people to belittle their own value due to the misguided importance of extravagance, and writes, “Let a man then know his worth, and keep things under his feet,” (p. 6). He condemns materialism and explains that the true value of a person is found in his morals and not the amount of expensive items he possesses. This flaw of excessive materialism that prevents self-reliance is displayed by Gatsby as he constantly boasts about his wealth.
To others, taking away Shylock’s religion and livelihood is not considered being merciful because they are punishing Shylock for trying to get what was rightfully his. This shows that the value of mercy is subjective, and differs from person to person. Furthermore, there is the important question of when and how much mercy should be shown. In this scene, Shylock is asked to give mercy when he has to reason to. However, the duke claims that he is merciful to Shylock, even though he is not obliged to.
He means that Jesus forgives the sinner thus the sinner does not feel guilty. Perhaps that is the case with misfit where he knows that he is guilty of his crimes but at the same time he thinks he is innocent. At the other instance where the Misfit uses the same statement, he means that if Jesus was the only one who raised the dead and this disrupts the balance. The Misfit’s view of reality is more honest because he accepts he is not a good man. On the other hand, the grandmother lives in past and refuses to accept the changes.
Here is an example of when you really wonder if people are good deep down. If Mr.Van Dann is being so mean how can he be good at heart? Despite his actions at this point I still believe he is good. Maybe not at this moment, but let’s remember how thankful and happy he was at Hanukkah. People can have different sides, but that doesn’t change the fact that deep down under the gloomy clouds is a little light pushing the darkness out.