Frankenstein Moral Ambiguity Essay

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How do I Make Moral choices, in a World of Moral Ambiguity? A desire for meaning would also include obtaining some kind of “identity,” or individualism. Yet, society or someone will try to force their “ideal” moral system onto everyone else. “Thinking may be “good for nothing” in the world, but in the mind it is good for guidance—not legislation, but guidance” (Bruehl 193). If you base your moral standards off everyone else’s, even when in truth you think in a different way, then in the eyes of an existentialist, you have been degraded and reduced to an object. “We must act and judge in ways that do not violate the actually existing solidarity of mankind” (Bruehl 193). The main protagonist in Albert Camus’ the Stranger, ends up being sent…show more content…
It is simply the nature of our existence. So why should we waste our time forcing our ideals and morals onto others? Everyone is entitled to living how they want to, and yet people try to show everyone that their ideas are superior. For an existentialist, it is not only a foolish choice to create an opening for conflict, but also a complete waste of what little time we have. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a good example of what this sort of thing causes in the end. The simpleminded monster killed and the closeminded townsfolk scarred by this incident. “People who spent all their lives surrounded by beautiful representations of nature have been sheltered from what cannot be represented, the disgusting, and have not had occasion to strive with all their might against it” (Bruehl 193). Those who base their morals off religious beliefs such as Catholicism experience some kind of challenge to their faith. “Thus, in Camus’ The Plague the Catholic priest, father Paneloux realizes one cannot “honestly” or actually love God (or life existence) unless one accepts that this God created a world of meaningless, terrible suffering; only the terror of the plague and witnessing children dying can teach the priest the true nature of charity and love, and thus God” (Existential
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