According to the definition of an anti-hero, the anti-hero is a central character in a story, film, or drama who lacks conventional heroic attributes. (Murray et al., 1961). Many anti-heroes have troubling circumstances that have resulted in their current state of being and go through psychological and spiritual conflicts within themselves, which have an impact on the decisions that they make. (Warner, 2008) The anti-hero is often a reluctant rescuer - the one that we follow and adore if only because of his own imperfections and essentially flawed human nature. He or she is someone who resembles ourselves, reminding us not only of the ambiguous morality of reality but also the possibility of liberating change and otherworldliness.
When Socrates says that good people cannot be friends he means that perfect beings or the self sufficient beings cannot be friends, but if we have good character we still have problems and we still have needs, so good human beings will still have friends. What Socrates proposes is that perhaps the friend is simply the good. And it is good for two good people to be friends, but they will not benefit from each other. The problem with the proposition that the good is the friend is same as the problem with like befriending like. The good
Ilsley continues that the abuse of another fails to satisfy the abuser, only giving momentary satisfaction (Ilsley 2). In this context, Heathcliff only feels temporary enjoyment when he abuses Hareton, and will fail to gain permanent happiness. This causes a repetition of abuse and is just as harmful to Heathcliff as it is to Hareton’s mental state. Now that Hareton has been constantly reminded of his inferiority, he is more likely to enter into an abusive relationship in his adult future. Vargish refers to Heathcliff’s treatment of Hareton as “moral teething” which furthers the idea of the cycle of abuse (Vargish 14).
It is often said the right way is not always the popular way. Standing for what is right, despite it being frowned upon, is the true test of one’s moral character. This relates to the moral growth that Huck Finn experiences throughout his journey. Mark Twain’s controversial novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is a compelling story about how one individual, Huck Finn, goes against society’s ideals. One’s moral development is often defines as how one will act towards others based on his or her own beliefs.
Annette Baier discusses justice and care in an interesting way and she does so by distinguishing between the justice perspective of people like Kant and Rawls as well as what Gillian’s perspective about care. Baier also touches on the justice perspective and discusses the “inadequate” as a moral theory. This shows inequalities between people, it has an unrealistic view of freedom of choice, and it ignores the importance of moral emotions such as love. However, she also says that the best moral theory, she claims, is one that harmonizes justice and care. She goes on to also explain the theory of moral development which has two dimensions.
He maintains a conscious naivety by using derisive underlying sarcasm masked by tactful verbal articulation in response to the authoritative and condescending tone of Herbert's letter, which allows for a persuasive and entertaining argument. Though Seaver uses humor to establish his purpose, he maintains the mutual respect between the two parties, despite him believing the conflict to be childlike and absurd. Since Herbert’s argument can be interpreted in multiple ways, Seaver attacks a fallacious interpretation of Herbert’s argument: the reason he is against the two companies using the same slogan is because consumers will be unable to tell the physical difference between a book and a beverage. Seaver says that “in order to avoid confusion between the respective products due to the slogan, each sales personnel is to make sure that what the customer wants is the book, rather than a Coke,” and adds that he fears “those who read (his) ad may well tend to go out and buy a Coke rather than (his) book.” Seaver also recognizes that Herbert cannot use the threat of the law and therefore ironically mentions his “strong sentiments concerning the First Amendment” and willingness to “defend to the death” Herbert’s right to use the slogan, even though his response was intended to regard his own rights. This ridicule
This is a harm to the children and to the husband but it could be enjoyed by the husband in private. So some actions are offending and some are harmful so it is hard to relate which one was Stuart Mill talking about in his harm principle? Cause, a harmful and an offending situations are not easy to separate especially if there are different people involved. Lord Devlin in his book of morals he speaks”there are difficulties with relying on what an ordinary person would find morally acceptable” According to Mills harm principle he assume that one can embark on an action that doesn’t affect others. This might seem impossible or I thought it was but it is not.
It might be said that a sweet lie can be better than the cold truth; however, it may be argued that honesty is a better feeling than the experience of believing a lie. Holden, the main character of the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, experiences similar attitudes towards the world of phonies that exists around him. Holden despises the phoniness of encountered characters, but he is not aware, ironically, of his own untruthfulness. This struggle to be self aware creates an ongoing conflict between what Holden believes and how he acts. Holden withholds his truths from the world, yet he seeks for truth from others, portraying a positive and negative perspective of the truth.
In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby is proven to be a morally ambiguous character. Gastby can not be identified as purely evil or purely good due to his love and desire for Daisy being good, but how goes about trying to attract her being misleading and corrupt. Without Gatsby being both good and bad the stories theme of a positive hope or dream for their future would not come across as clearly. Gatsby's moral ambiguity can symbolize the end of the American Dream and the corruption of the upper class. Within this theme of ambiguity, Gatsby's morals and actions contradict each other because loving Daisy and changing all the things he didn't like about himself for her is a chivalrous action, but how he changes himself is knavish.
Many view Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as an adventure of pure humor, but Twain employs this comedy as satire to describe the innate faults of individuals. In the end, Huck and Tom are characters that represent how morality is shaped through experiences. The realism of the story allows the readers to believe the natural growth of the characters. People need to understand that the whenever they come across a situation that tests their morality, they need to weigh their options, consider actions from all sides. For the choices people make will define who they
In Rachel Remen’s article Helping vs. Serving she provides her stance on the distinction between helping and serving. Remen feels that, though the two words are often used interchangeably, ‘serving’ is the most appropriate term to use as it implies equality that ‘helping’ does not. While the author acknowledges that both terms refer to the act of assisting others, Remen offers readers a new, more in depth perspective. Essentially, Remen likens helping to having pity on an individual, whereas serving is an act of selflessness.
Socrates believes that justice is the best life to live, but Glaucon is not satisfied by this answer and instead creates an improved defense of Thrasymachus’ argument that life of injustice is better than living a life of justice. Glaucon argues that people are just because it is convenient, it is a title that people have been taught to be, however, it is much easier to be unjust than just. Justice is set up like a competition in which the result is merely a compromise of the best and worst of a group of individuals. What constitutes something as just or not lies in the consequence. Justice is merely a system which is instrumentally valuable.