Even if it means letting innocent people die for crimes they did not do. Arthur Miller makes it clear that having a good name is more important that the truth, Proctor, Parris, and Danforth all decided their name and reputation was more important than the lives of innocent people. Their decisions went deeper and deeper and made things get worse. Having a good name effected how Proctor acted because he doesn 't want to tell the truth about things he knows just to keep his name. Reputation effects Parris because, he doesn 't want to go against the bible and be accused of working with the devil.
Machiavelli insists that living a life deprived of sin is unsustainable given the corrupt nature of our peers, which justified immoral and unethical actions: “Because they [men, author’s note] are bad and do not keep their promises to you, you likewise do not have to keep yours to them” (65). Machiavelli thus advises princes to favor cruelty over mercy when balancing the two is not possible, since mercy will be abused and lead to the demise of the prince: ”men have less hesitation in injuring one who makes himself loved than one who makes himself hated” (62). Indeed, Hannibal and Scipio both possessed remarkable qualities with regards to military strategy. Yet, while Hannibal is remembered as a great leader, Scipio is not for the former gained unwavering respect through fear while the former failed to successfully establish his
In the novel, The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, the main character Huck often experiences conflict between good and evil. He is very indecisive about whether he should do the right thing because his conscience is telling him to, or to just go along doing bad things. This piece of artwork portrays this character as someone lost in their search for identity. This picture also defines the true nature in human beings, always having a good and a bad side, however, their true identity is concealed underneath the mask. Huck can be kind when he wants to be, for example, when he saved Jim from the slave hunters and when he confessed to the girls about the duke and the king.
He knows if he postpones the hangings people will start to suspect the truth about witchcraft. He decides to allow the hangings. Danforth would rather see innocent people die than lose his credibility which proves Danforth is a selfish human being. Even though he has a high social status, he is a coward and a
In the novel, The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain conveys the theme that deception is normally considered immoral but can be considered justified in certain circumstances. One instance of justified deception is illustrated in Chpater 16, when Huck lies to the slave hunters by telling them that his Pap, not Jim, has smallpox and should not be seen by anyone. By informing the slave hunters that his Pap has an contagious disease, Huck discourages the slave hunters from checking the raft, thereby preventing Jim from being captured and potentially killed. Huck’s lie can be jusified because Huck’s lie protected friend, Jim, while being harmless to anyone else. On the contrary, in Chapter 24-28, the Duke and the King’s attempt to con the Wilks family in order to get their wealth is hardly justifiable due to the fact that the sole reason was to benefit themselves at the cost of the innocents.
This conclusion cannot be drawn directly, but George’s words during Lennie’s final moments imply that George did not kill his best friend for malicious reasons. George lets Lennie know that he’s “‘... never been mad, an’ I ain’t now. That’s a thing I want ya to know’” (Steinbeck 106). After all the anger that George has shown towards Lennie, he utters these words now so Lennie can die with a sense of peace. George does not want to pull the trigger, but he knows that the further consequences of Lennie’s actions will only worsen.
The one thing we know without a doubt is that Boo Radley does not want to be in the spotlight, does not want to be the center of attention. Yet he rescued Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell, killing him whether he meant to or not, an action which would have made him Maycomb’s resident hero if not for Heck Tate’s interference. Some would say that Boo was not a good person because of his past crimes and the rumors around him but committing does not make you a coward. Boo may not have been a brave person in the past but your past actions should not dictate the bravery of your present actions. As for whether he is a bad person, Boo gave away his treasures to the children, mended Jem’s pants and covered Scout with a blanket because he loves these children, regardless of the cruel games they play mocking him and portraying him as a monster.
Wiesel 's philosophy on oppression is that if we do not speak, that will not help the oppressed. He states that in the following; "neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented"(Wiesel, Night). In the speeches he has done, he explains that being silent is a never a good idea and will only help the oppressor. He also speaks on how he himself after being liberated the Jews did not want to fight and did not feel guilty about it, and for us never to do that.
As he says in his last speech it was never his intention to get people hurt as he did. The people that opposed to what John Brown was doing never gave him the opportunity to let him speak his mind. By speaking his mind he could have said that there had already been occasions where he had saved slaves without the use of violence. The effect on not letting him do so was that he felt using violence was the only was he could help save the slaves. Although John Brown knew that violence was not the way to back up his actions because he had saved many slaves without anyone getting hurt he did so anyway.
In the novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, societies boundaries and expectations are pushed to their limits not only by the actions of the main character, Huck, but in Twain’s controversial writing style. Though the book is often claimed to be offensive, it was actually a parody of the times. Mark Twain was ridiculing the racist tendencies of mid-1800s society and their views of the poor/lower classes. Through reading “Huck Finn”, it is apparent Twain is challenging the reader to rethink society’s rules. To start with, Huck was highly against racism, despite his adoptive family owning slaves and his father being immensely hateful toward them.