His intense devotion to God in the Puritan society, along with his fear of being ostracized, makes him favor keeping his role of leadership in the church over his conscience, which tells him to own up to his sins. This is mentally very unhealthy for Dimmesdale, which leads to self-abuse from his guilty conscience. Dimmesdale uses a “bloody scourge” and fasted in order to “torture, but could not purify himself” (121). Not only did Dimmesdale whip himself, he almost killed himself through torture only in order to try and subdue the guilt that he could never get rid of. He even brands himself with the letter A, a mark of his sins that he is only willing to reveal to himself until the end of the novel.
Blaming God, blaming another person, blaming yourself. Hefling discusses why humans always mess things up which additionally takes some of the blame. Humans allow evil to occur in their lives by accepting that evil will always get the best of them in the end. Hefling also examines human habit, that can take the blame for their shortcomings. He argues that habits become second nature which leads to the questioning of one’s responsibility for their actions.
It cannot stray when it is fixed on the Eternal Good, but it can stray when it turns toward evil or the wrong goal. Though rational love is indeed the seed of every virtue, it is also the origin of every vice or perversion. The three specific perversions of rational love are; misdirected love (pride, envy, wrath), a deficient love of primary good (sloth), and an excessive love of secondary goods (avarice, gluttony, lust). Through Virgil’s lesson, Dante learns the root of his sin, and can better understand why they occur. Knowing the root of one’s sin is incredibly valuable, as it can be used to prevent the continuance of the sin
Lewis wrote some of his novels in a way to not only educate the world that selflessness will always win but also the fact that selfishness will always lose. One of Lewis’s notable works -- “Till We Have Faces” -- clearly demonstrates how selfishness loses but selflessness wins. In “Till We Have Faces” by C.S. Lewis, Lewis portrays Orual as a villain as a result of her jealous actions which not only resulted in Psyche’s exile but also Psyche being forced to complete difficult tasks in order to regain her favor; however, Orual’s actions highlight the hidden message that Lewis is trying to convey - jealous/selfish love
John William Waterhouse also recognizes the powerful temptation of the Siren song, but he sees the Sirens as manipulative and evil, and paints them to look that way. The only strength he shows in them is in their menacing appearance and the force of the temptation they are putting on the men in the ship. His portrayal of Odysseus is different than the one of Atwood. He shows Odysseus like a god, recognizing his weakness and being able to stand strong in the face of temptation. Waterhouse displays Odysseus resisting the strain of temptation as a sign of manliness, the opposite of Atwood’s interpretation of
Because of “the minister’s own will” (Hawthorne 198), he could escape the torment from his moral maze. He found his true self that eventually led to him confessing his sin. In the Puritan way of life, confessing a sin creates high-risk because the repercussions could consist of harsh punishment. Therefore, it took a lot for Hester and Dimmesdale to confess their sin of adultery. The sin they committed produced serious turmoil for them, but they both figured out how to deal with it.
He himself could be virtuous but his actions made him unvirtuous and thus cast into hell. However, he is not completely innocent as the vice, committing suicide, did manifest because he tried to outrun his problems on Earth. Therefore, in hell he cannot run away from his problems anymore. This vice proves that it is the unjust action that causes the punishment and that the manifestation of the vice also manifests in the punishment. Despite committing a sin, one can be sympathetic of Piero because he is portrayed as a good person who is aware that "it is not just" to take "from oneself" (13.
In addition to the chorus, Creon’s son Haemon turns against him as well. In the play, Haemon and Antigone are in love, but Creon’s decree to execute her will abolish this. Creon confronts Haemon, and states that “[he has] to feel within [his] heart, / subordinate to [his] father’s will in every way” (Antigone 713-714). This statement exposes how Creon feels that his power alone gives him sufficient justification to execute Antigone, but Haemon disagrees, and states that “he should not be quite so single-minded, self-involved, / or assume the world is wrong and [he is] right” (Antigone 789-790). Creon responds stating that “the city is the king’s, that’s the law” (Antigone 825).
It shows that his desire for being love and sympathtic character. From Victor’s perspective, he eyewitness how painful and despondent the creature is after he destorys the female creature, “the wretch saw me destory the creature on those whose future existence he depended for happiness and with a howl of devilish depair and revenge withdrew”. Knowing that Elizabeth can alleviate Victor’s mood and Safie can provide Felix with a degree of joy, the creature seek a female creature for his own happiness. The role of female character can provide comfort and acceptance to those who suffered. However, the creature eventually transfers his desire to have famale companion to seek revenge toward the female character.
In line 1228 he says to the leader: “Oh it’s hard giving up on the heart’s desire… but I will do it” after he is convinced to let Antigone free. This quote says, Creon does not want to go back on his word and does not want to let a criminal get away, but he has to so his people can view him as a better ruler than they initially thought. This made me feel sympathetic because he was willing to give up something he cared about for the life of someone else. It shows a change he undergoes but was never able to fix his mistakes because Antigone had already killed
The Great Awakening unleashed a new wave of conversions driven by a desire to be cleansed of sin and avoid eternal punishment. These beliefs depend on a fear of God rather than sole worship, as He is portrayed to be a spiteful, all-powerful being. In my teaching, the fear of God was not placed within me. Instead, a deeper trust in God’s saving powers was instilled upon my beliefs, which attempted to draw belief from love rather than fear. God was portrayed as an all-loving being attempting to free us from the control of sin, which quite evidently contradicts the image of a vengeful God.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It can be so confusing to try to explain why Dr. Jekyll felt so trapped, and why he felt that he had to separate himself into two separate personalities. Perhaps it was because of his youth, when he tasted the pleasures of sin for a short while. Maybe he even felt guilty because he wanted the evil side of life and longed to do whatever he pleased, even though it would cause pain and hurt to others. Dr. Jekyll thus separates himself into two people who share the feeling that they need to do whatever they want.
According to Hegal, If Abraham is a “father of faith”, then he shouldn’t do something a human would do that is considered irrational, which is murdering people to prove God exist. God mustn’t tell us to do something irrational to society that can be labeled “evil to us, for he is above all and morally perfect. However for us human beings, we need to follow something that IS powerful than us and can lead us to something great at the end. Thus, we question when do we ignore something that is not considered ethical. Hegal wants to prove that he Abraham can be the “tragic hero” of the story, but he can still make rational decisions by his own and not by his “God” he follows.
While we have a loving God who is perfect in all of His ways, we humans went against our Creator, corrupted ourselves, and placed ourselves under His judgement. Another main idea of Christianity is the problem of evil, how it came about, and how it hurts God’s people. The Bible gives many reasons as to why God would allow evil for a greater purpose, but it does not answer every question that