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Conscience in War - You’re in an unstable bunker that goes to only the top of your shoulders. You’re in Iraq, a land you have studied yet still feel as unfamiliar with as a never-ending desert. Your drill sergeant is screaming at you to fire at your enemies. You freeze. This was not what you remember signing up for. You came to this foreign land because you wanted to defend yourself and because you love America. When aiming at stationary targets not firing back, you felt in control. You didn’t really think about what you are doing then....   [tags: war, Conscience, Iraq, ] 861 words
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Harry Belafonte: What good is a Conscience if it is not Awakened - I will always hold in my heart a state of conscious revere for those people who blazed the trails for equality whether it was for: race, creed, color, religion, sexual orientation or women, men and children; Harry Belafonte is one of those individuals whom has inspired me do better and fight the for the rights of my fellow human beings. “ Can I tell you something there’s a lot people out here who are pissed off. We are angry were upset we are sad, we hold our children, wheel our wheel chairs we look around for some comfort and we don’t find any....   [tags: human rights, equality, conscience] 911 words
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Conscience, As Related To Medical Ethics - "And always let your conscience be your guide" were the words of Pinnochio's consultant, Jiminy Cricket. Conscience may be defined as a subjective norm of morality, which involves the process of applying and committing to individual knowledge of moral principals and values to specific cases. Even though, according to the Catholic Church, a well-formed conscience should reveal the will of God and be in alignment with church teaching, this is not always the case. Because, with conscience, moral absolutes do not exist, decisions can be made based on purely subjective criteria, which can lead to moral relativism....   [tags: Healthcare Ethics Conscience] 1049 words
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Collapse of the Conscience - In normal society, people expect adults to know what is right and wrong, but the can trick the mind. According to Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic principles, one’s conscious is the ego that “experiences the external world through the sense, plays referee between the id and superego” (Tyson 25). The id pertains to one’s deep desires that society forbids and the idea of lacking fear of consequences, whereas the superego is the moral rules taught by society and family. In Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis’s short story, “The Fortune-Teller”, Camillo is the ego that is conflicted between his id and ego when he encounters himself in an immoral act that includes his best friend, Villela, an...   [tags: Mind, Conscience, Humans, Freud]
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The Anchor of Conscience - ... pag.). This elucidates upon the reality of Raskolnikov's situation, one that is both stark and maligned, and creates a feeling of despair and pity towards the protagonist's plight. Already whittled down day by day by the overwhelmingly oppressing caliginosity that environs him before the murder of the miserly pawnbroker Alyona, once the foul act has been committed Raskolnikov's soul is all but crushed by the tiny confines of the prison that is his own home. When he finally confesses to his own crime, the central theme being redemption as well as guilt, Raskolnikov is sent to prison in Siberia, a chillingly cold region known for its harsh ruggedness....   [tags: Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment] 1153 words
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Edge of Conscience - The Shakespearean play Macbeth conveys the actions and consequences of the 11th century power struggle in Scotland. It is an appropriately “dark play…overcast with portents of misfortune” and death (Kim 46). Throughout the play, Shakespeare focuses intently on the use of daggers, both literal and figurative, and their often double-edged effect on the mind and conscience. [I know this needs work but I got writer’s block.] Macbeth is centered on the murder of the godly king of Scotland, Duncan, by his subordinate Macbeth....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 1443 words
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Crisis of Conscience - Teacher Man is about uncertainty. "That was my life, I thought. Waving without knowing what I was waving at" (163). That is Frank McCourt. He has enthusiasm but sees no purpose; he has responsibility but commands no respect; he has compassion but receives none back. McCourt is virtuous in a world fit for cheaters. Of course he is uncertain of himself. McCourt overcomes his uncertainties only when he redefines success. Similarly, McCourt's writing excels by defying convention. In Teacher Man, McCourt wholly rejects the restrictions of traditional syntax, liberating his expression....   [tags: Teacher Man, Frank McCourt, Analysis ] 733 words
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A Case for the Court of Conscience or Justice? - ... Jekyll at first appearance seems to be a good person, he gives to charity, he is a doctor and he seems to be very religious, but he only does this because of the guilt he feels. The truth is that he longs to be evil and to do this he makes himself a different persona, named Mr. Hyde. As Mr. Hyde, he commits crimes such murdering Sir Danvers Carew and trampling a young girl. Stevenson’s tone throughout the novel is shocking and even melodramatic at parts, but it serves to show the reader a sense of disapproval at what is occurring....   [tags: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Separate Peace] 640 words
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Origin of Bad Conscience and Guilt - The second essay, "'Guilt,' 'Bad Conscience,' and the like" deals with guilt, bad conscience. Bad conscience came about with the transition from hunter-gatherer societies to permanent settlements. In settling down from the old nomadic ways of life a form of judicial system or laws rose up to enslave the animalistic natural tendencies of early man. Prehistoric people were more free spirited, less mediocre, they lacked depth. They allowed themselves to be governed by their instincts, and their will to power was turned outward toward conquest and survival....   [tags: Prehistoric Behavior, Punishment, Morality]
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The Conscience of a Liberal, by Paul Krugman - Over the years, America has been struggling to implement a health care reform. Krugman’s book The Conscience of a Liberal discusses a “new New Deal” for America. He proposes that America is ready for another program similar to the ones that Franklin D. Roosevelt implemented during the Great Depression. Krugman suggests that health care reform should be the main focus for the winning administration of the 2008 election. Krugman was right to propose that America should be leaning towards health care reform....   [tags: Book Analysis, Health Care Reform]
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Chinese Religions and Human Conscience - The Chinese were the first to recognize that humans were fundamentally good and not primarily driven by selfish motives. Thousands of years ago Confucianism and Daoism taught the masses to believe in the better nature of people. In the present day, particularly in the United States, one could argue that the antediluvian Chinese were mistaken. Recently, it seems that humans are indeed driven by wealth, power, and fame. However, there is still one thing that precedes selfish goals and is a part of every sane human being, a conscience....   [tags: Chinese Religions, China, Religion, ] 421 words
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Theater With a Conscience: Margaret Fleming - During the 1890's, American audiences still saw theater as a form of entertainment and therefore, it could not be considered a medium through which to comment on the social situation of the society. However, across the Atlantic, Henrik Ibsen was steadily bringing realist drama to prominence and simultaneously achieving critical acclaim. At home, James A. Herne débuted his radical play, Margaret Fleming, but achieved little success. However, it did draw both positive and negative criticism. Such a varied reaction to such a controversial play at such a pivotal time must have a profound effect on the society that existed during this time....   [tags: Theater]
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The Weakness of the Conscience - “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all” – William Shakespeare. Is it true. Does the conscience actually regulate our behaviour and make us timid and humble as Shakespeare suggests. Does the conscience have the power to make cowards of us. Or would it not be able to prevent us from becoming tyrants. More importantly, does the conscience actually exist. The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘conscience’ as, “a moral sense of right and wrong especially as felt by a person and affecting behaviour (my conscience won’t allow me to do that) [or] an inner feeling as to the goodness or otherwise of one’s behaviour (my conscience is clear; has a guilty conscience)” The concept of conscience has had a...   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Without Conscience: Book Report - Without Conscience: Book Report Psychopaths all have something in common, and that's luring unexpected people in their traps. Its part of human nature to wonder and question the unknown. Psychopaths are a clear example of the unknown with their personalities and behaviors that are far from the norm on a continuum. We wonder what makes them do some of the unimaginable and horrific things to people and/or animals. How could be prevent psychopaths from taking advantage and lessening the harm on the people that they can hurt....   [tags: psychopaths, psychology, human nature]
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The Collision of Ones Conscience and Human Law - ... Man must choose whether or not he will conform to the evils and unjustness’ of society, which damages the divineness of natural law that man was naturally given; or act on an unjust conflict in stride to better society and address the importance of mans opinions in government. According to Cicero, “law is not a matter of written statuses and lists of regulations, but a matter ingrained in the human spirit.” Humans were created by a higher power giving man the power of speech, reason, and thought....   [tags: natural law, corruption, governmental control] 1102 words
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Conscience: Religious vs Secularist Perspective - The existence of conscience and its authority over mankind has been a common battleground for religious and secular debate. Dr. Peter Kreeft, a world renowned philosopher, unifies mankind and conscience through his “Argument from Conscience”. Giving ample thought to both sides of the equation, Dr. Kreeft describes conscience in its authority and reason, and alludes further explanation in regards to both its ethical and erroneous natures. Complimenting Dr. Kreeft's argument, Dante's Divine Comedy displays mankind's moral discernment and consequences of unrighteous actions....   [tags: Philosophy Essays] 1413 words
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The Conscience of the Court, by Zora Neale Hurston - “The Conscience of the Court” written by Zora Neale Hurston explores the life of a courtroom in the late nineteenth century. Laura Lee Kimble is a strong, loyal, and humble African American woman. Laura has a close connection with Mrs. Clairborne, her close friend and employer, and is loyal to their friendship. This friendship and loyalty is so strong that Laura refused to leave Mrs. Clairborne three times even when her husband asked if they could live somewhere with more money. Clement Beasley, the plaintiff, claims that Mrs....   [tags: Research Paper]
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Guilt and Conscience in Shakespeare’s Macbeth - In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the theme of guilt and conscience is one of many explored throughout the play. Macbeth, is a well respected Scottish noble who in the beginning of the play is a man everyone looks up to; however as the play progresses he makes a number of bad decisions. Eventually, as a result of his actions he suffers guilt and this plays heavily upon his character until his personality is completely destroyed. Shakespeare uses a range of techniques in order to develop this theme such as, characters, imagery....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Literary Analysis] 1298 words
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Harriet Tubman: The Ultimate Figure of Conscience - Throughout history, countless individuals have stood up against unfortunate events and the people who caused tribulations for others. Countless conscience individuals risked everything they knew and loved to stand up for the rights of other people. In the sixteenth century. St. Thomas More cared nothing about his good name and took a silent stand against the government by refusing to accept the king’s marriage. He also declined an oath to head as the head of the Church in England. He knew it was better to suffer for making the right decision, than to lie to his society, clergy, and his government, and suffer in that sense....   [tags: slavery, abolition, Moses]
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Struggles of the Conscience in Macbeth by William Shakespeare - ... It is both his ambition and ‘irrepressible imagination” (Mehl 111) that compels Macbeth to murder. During Macbeth’s soliloquy at the beginning of Act 1, scene 7, the reader or audience receives a full understanding of his inner turmoil, which also highlights the ‘moral values involved’ in the murder that ‘an evil man would not be’ aware of (Booth 26). Macbeth’s loyalty to Duncan overpowers his “vaulting ambition” (1.7.27). It is a great victory when Macbeth states confidently to Lady Macbeth, “We will proceed no further in this business” (1.7.33)....   [tags: tragedy, redemption, murder]
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Obedience to Authority vs. Personal Conscience - Stanley Milgram, conducted a study focusing on the conflict between obedience to authority and personal conscience. According to the study Migram suggested “that obedience we naturally show authority figures can transform us into agents of terror” (Migram, 1974/1994, p. 214). Milgram experiment was developed for the justification of the act of genocide in World War II. Many of the accomplices in the Holocaust said they were following in order given by Adolf Eichmann. Obedience to superiors is built onto the history of civilized society, and no culture worthy of the name has existed without stressing the respect that is due to legitimate authority of the duties of those in command....   [tags: Ethics] 863 words
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Without Conscience by Robert D. Hare - “Without Conscience" by Robert D. Hare is one aimed towards making the general public aware of the many psychopaths that inhabit the world we live in. Throughout the book Hare exposes the reader to a number of short stories; all with an emphasis on a characteristic of psychopaths. Hare makes the claim that close monitoring of psychopathy are vital if we ever hope to gain a hold over Psychopathy- A disorder that affects not only the individual but also society itself. He also indicates one of the reasons for this book is order to correctly treat these individuals we have to be able to correctly identify who meets the criteria....   [tags: book report, literary analysis,pssych]
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Essay on The Crucible: The Concept of Conscience - The Crucible:  The Concept of Conscience Conscience is the awareness of right and wrong. In The Crucible, the idea of conscience in strongly emphasized. Miller himself said, "No critic seemed to sense what I was after [which was] the conflict between a man’s raw deeds and his conception of himself; the question of whether conscience is in fact an organic part of the human being, and what happens when it is handed over not merely to the state or the mores of the time but to one’s friend or wife." The idea of conscience in the play The Crucible is based very much on Christian concepts, firstly the idea of morality, or conscience of right and wrong, secondly the idea of the confession...   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1676 words
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conscience - Conscience Decisions that add or take away from their love for God, love of self, or love of neighbour is the job of every conscience. All people are faced with moral and immoral choices in every day life. What helps solve ones problem is their conscience. There are three things that help one develop their conscience. They are the teachings of the magisterium, tradition and scripture. The Magisterium. The Catholic faith tells one that if one follows the Church’s teachings on moral issues, one will become a more loving and Christ- like person....   [tags: essays research papers] 465 words
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Conscience - Conscience Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary defines conscience as "the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one's own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or good." In A Man for All Seasons, each character's conscience plays the ultimate role in the outcome of the story. "Individual conscience" is trait that each character possesses. This trait differs in intensity throughout the play in each of the main characters....   [tags: essays research papers] 644 words
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why their conscience is not their guide - Why Their Conscience Is Not Their Guide. In recent years there has been a serious shift in values among our Turks and Caicos families in terms of ideals handed down to children. Have you noticed how parents are going out of their way to purchase their children the latest designer wear. Be it Fubu or Phat Farm or Tommy Hilfiger. But have you also noticed that many of these parents do not go out of their way to make sure their homework is done or that they are in fact learning something in school....   [tags: essays research papers] 1011 words
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The Dilemmas of Conscience in The Crucible - The Dilemmas of Conscience in The Crucible The play "The Crucible" was written by Arthur Miller written 1950's but was first performed in 1953. It is set in Salem, Massachusetts in the spring of 1692 and is about a small community torn apart due to accusations of witchcraft. In this essay I am going to write about the affect that conscience has on peoples' minds and decisions. Miller once said "Now I wanted to move closer to a conscious hero". By this he meant after his last play he wanted to move closer to a character that was aware of what he has done i.e....   [tags: The Crucible Morals Ethics Essays] 2822 words
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The Righteous Conscience: an Interpretive Twist on “William Wilson” - The capacity of the mind is seemingly limitless. Understanding that, the formation of a completely separate entity within the mind of an already perspicacious individual becomes less remarkable. The ensuing battle between William Wilson and “a second William Wilson” is quite simply a conflict between the two most basic components of a person’s intellect – mankind’s perception of self, and the benevolently interloping conscience (Poe 1570). The conscience is a universal concept. The majority of people are aware of their conscience, and, according to Dr....   [tags: Psychology]
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Aldo Leopold on The Ecological Conscience - Aldo Leopold on “The Ecological Conscience” Leopold defends his position the advent of a new ethical development, one that deals with humans’ relations to the land and its necessity. This relationship is defined as the land ethic, this concept holds to a central component referred to as the ecological consciousness. The ecological consciousness is not a vague ideal, but one that is not recognized in modern society. It reflects a certainty of individual responsibility for the health and preservation of the land upon which we live, and all of its components....   [tags: essays research papers] 349 words
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Macbeth's Conscience in Shakespeare's Macbeth - William Shakespeare’s seventeenth century tragedy, Macbeth, tells the story of Macbeth, whose ambition leads him to murder his close friends. In the play, he is told that he will become king, but to speed up the process he is convinced to kill the current king, Duncan. Although he is portrayed as a vile, evil character, the scene before he murders Duncan, his thoughts after the murder, and his encounters with his friend’s ghost show that Macbeth truly is a man of conscience. After his wife encourages Macbeth to kill King Duncan when he visits their home, Macbeth truly considers the idea....   [tags: essays research papers] 520 words
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The Burden of a Guilty Conscience - In Karen Horney’s essay, “The Distrust Between the Sexes,” she demonstrates how the expectations we have when we are in love can often lead to disappointment. “An almost unavoidable source of disappointment and distrust in our normal love life derives from the fact that the very intensity of our feelings of love stirs up all of our secret expectations and longing for happiness, which slumber deep inside us (361).” Simply, projecting our desires, expectation and sometimes guilt upon our lover can lead to disappointment....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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John Proctor's Principles, Conscience and Morality in The Crucible - Throughout the whole play, John Proctor placed himself as a “servant” of God only and maintained that position regardless of what happened. He represented the image of a person that corresponded for God in Earth, and at the same time he acted consciously and knew what was happening in Salem. In an attempt to disengage from God, his principles, conscience, and morality acted upon him and brought him back to God. Elizabeth and his friends also affected his conscience, as the only reason why he went to the court was to try to release them....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 747 words
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The Development of Individual Conscience in Twain's Huckleberry Finn - In the novel, individual conscience plays a big role on the lives of the characters. Throughout the novel, Jim and Huck help each other to find their true identities through their journey down the river, although they are both very different, in social class, race, and view on society and the world, they are able to form a father-son relationship in which Huck is able to mature and grow his conscience. Jim is able to mold Huck’s conscience into the way it should be, not the way society wants it should be....   [tags: argumentative, persuasive] 1483 words
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On an Enlightened Conscience: Analysis of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter explores guilt’s destructive physical and psychological effects on individuals in relation to an implied conscience. The human conscience exists to distinguish between right and wrong, a trait entrenched in humans throughout evolution. Scientifically speaking, the conscience resides in the anterior prefrontal cortex which performs reasoning and judgment tasks, originally developed to limit self-preservation in order to prevent self-destruction due to unrestricted competition....   [tags: Guilt, Character Symbolism] 2036 words
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Without a Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us - Without a Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us Dr. Robert D. Hare’s Without a Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us (1993), was intriguing yet frightening to read from the beginning. The purpose of the book was evident by the title; it conveyed insightful information to the reader about the characteristics of psychopathic individuals who walk among us. Hare (1993) also provided the reader with insight on how to detect individuals whom may have malicious intent with prospective individuals, what type of individuals are more than likely to be victimized, and brought forth interesting theories that support the notion that psychopathic individuals...   [tags: Book Review]
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Huck's Battle with Conscience in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - ... I couldn’t get that out of my conscience, no how or no way. It got to troubling me so I couldn’t rest; I couldn’t stay still in one place...I got to feeling so mean and so miserable I most wished I was dead.” (87) Huck begins to blame himself for everything that has happened thus far. He realizes that he will be the one to take the blame for the escape of Jim. The feeling’s that Huck describes in the passage exploit just how responsible he feels about this problem. This is the first of many times that Huck struggles internally regarding his decisions....   [tags: Mark Twain, battle between right & wrong]
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Conscience Created versus Innate - Conscience Created versus Innate To what extent do you think you are dictated by your surroundings and your up-bringing. Do you claim your opinions to be your own. Do you trust your logic and your conscience. These are questions that are seldom asked by ourselves or by others. In fact, these kinds of questions could almost be considered taboo. It seems to be generally accepted that one can trust oneself, one’s authority, and one’s conscience. Upon these premises we seem to build up everything else....   [tags: Papers] 1418 words
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Conscience in Christian Tradition - Introduction. `Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil...'Gaudium et Spes (64). This opening quote from the Second Vatican Council is a good place to start in attempting to explore the complex subject of conscience. It indicates that conscience is something that can be known, based on love and is not just an individual personal thing. Conscience and having a soul are two of the distinguishing features of our humanity that set us apart from other species....   [tags: Religion] 2135 words
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Margaret Chase Smith’s “Declaration of Conscience” - In the “Declaration of Conscience,” Margaret Chase Smith addresses the American public and the United States Senate during a time of political unrest. Communist accusations and a “national feeling of fear” has brought upon this speech. Even with an upcoming election, the Republican Party decides a freshman woman senator would speak to the public, an uncommon practice at the time . In this paper, I will argue that Margaret Chase Smith’s “Declaration of Conscience” proves her credibility as a woman politician....   [tags: Political Science]
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Forming a Correct Conscience - Forming a Correct Conscience There are two main environments in which a correct conscience is molded. The primary environment is the home, where the family begins the shaping of a child's conscience and their ability to choose right from wrong; and, the second environment, which is just as crucial as the first, is school. From the age of five until the age of eighteen, school is a central part of a child's life. These years are the most impressionable and the most easily influenced. The educational system and the teachers within it become important agents in aiding children in the development of morally and socially sensitive consciences, which then facilitates them in becoming upright a...   [tags: Papers] 570 words
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Guilty Conscience in Macbeth - In my opinion, the statement “If you commit a crime and don’t get caught, it doesn’t really matter because your guilt over what you have done will destroy you in the end” is true and happens in reality. What is a crime. It is an evil act that breaks the law or the basic values of the society, harming the individuals of the society. So if you commit a crime, and don’t get caught the fact that you have committed a crime and your heart knows will haunt you forever and make you feel guilty. If you know that the act you did was wrong, but you did it anyways ignoring what you knew will definitely lead to your destruction....   [tags: essays research papers] 611 words
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Discussion of the Belief that Conscience is the Voice of God - Discussion of the Belief that Conscience is the Voice of God Works Cited Missing There is much controversy surrounding the origins of the human conscience; some theologians maintain that it is the voice of God, whilst others assert that it is affected by societal influences. It has even been suggested that the conscience's existence is not universal. Indeed, [1]'the notion of conscience as an internal organ is not found outside Christianity.' Before attempting to identify roots, it is firstly necessary to establish the meaning of 'conscience.' It is generally a...   [tags: Papers] 682 words
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Imperfect Conscience in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - Crime and Punishment:  Imperfect Conscience               A highly educated individual, avoiding the hardships of society while pondering the possibility of great wealth, Raskolnikov, in Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment," frustrated with his immoral actions, suffers from an abrupt physical and mental breakdown after brutally mutilating a wicked pawnbroker. After this soul-scarring incident, the initial feelings of success in completing his mission quickly changes once he realizes possible flaws in his, otherwise considered, perfect murder....   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment] 564 words
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moralhf Huckleberry Finn's Struggles with Conscience - Huckleberry Finn's Struggles with Conscience     Since Mark Twain published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885, critics have considered it an excellent example of a story tracing the journey of a young man from childhood to adulthood.  Through the years, readers have enjoyed seeing Huck grow from a young, carefree boy into a responsible young man with a decent sense of right and wrong.  The " adventures" appeal to readers who had to make some of the same tough decisions Huck did in struggles with conscience....   [tags: Adventures Huckleberry Huck Finn Essays]
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Exploring Conscience and Motive: Man is NOT a Machine - Exploring Conscience and Motive: Man is NOT a Machine Many philosophers believe that all human action stems from desire or motive or urge or some such thing. On this view, if men ever do the good or the right it is because in some sense they desire to. Perhaps the desire to do the right is sometimes nothing more than the pressures of past societal or parental training, or conceivably it might stem from some sort of social instinct planted deep within us, or more likely it stems from the realization that it is in the long-term interest of the agent....   [tags: Philosophy Essays]
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Lady Macbeth's Conscience in Shakespeares's Macbeth - Lady Macbeth, a leading character in William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Macbeth, progresses throughout the play from a savage and heartless creature to a delicate and fragile woman, having no regard for mortality. In the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is both equally ambitious and evil as she urges her husband to kill King Duncan in order to fulfill the witches’ prophecies by gaining social power on the throne as king and queen. Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to give her emotional strength in order to help her husband go through with the murder plot, “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts....   [tags: essays research papers] 562 words
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Anne Sullivan: A Woman of Strong Conscience - Anne Sullivan: A Woman of Strong Conscience When I think of powerful women from the past, Anne Sullivan is one of the first women to pop into my mind. Anne Sullivan was born on April 14, 1866 in Massachusetts. Her real name is Joanna, but she was called Anne throughout her life. When Anne was still young she suffered from a serious illness that left her nearly blind. Anne’s mother died when Anne was only eight and her father left Anne and her two siblings two years later. The children were then placed into an almshouse to be cared for....   [tags: Essays Papers] 759 words
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Shakespeare's Othello - Iago has No Conscience - Iago of Othello   Iago has no conscience. He is an angry man and is happy to take down everyone around him to get what he wants: revenge. It is in Act 1, Scene 3, that he devises his evil plan. Here we can see inside Iago's mind. It is easy to see that his primary motivation is jealousy: jealousy that Othello may have slept with his wife, and jealousy that Othello chose Cassio over him. As he plots his revenge, it is clear Iago respects and cares for no one. (Act 1, Scene 3, 378-381) I hate the Moor, And it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets H'as done my office....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 604 words
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Conscience of Queen Gertrude in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Conscience of the Queen William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is perhaps one of his most intriguing and scandalous pieces of work. One character who is liable for much of this excitement and outrage is Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude. To some readers and critics, Gertrude is conceived as an erratic, superficial and sensual woman. Others discern the Queen as an earnest, intellectual and sagacious woman whose tragic fault is her yearning for sexual satisfaction. Throughout the text, there are several legitimate arguments for both sides, but in the end, Hamlet seems to sum up the Queen’s true persona with the words “Frailty, thy name is woman”....   [tags: essays research papers] 1122 words
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Jean-Paul Sartre: Conscience to the World - Jean-Paul Sartre: Conscience to the World At the time of his death on the fifteenth of April, 1980, at the age of seventy-four, Jean-Paul Sartre’s greatest literary and philosophical works were twenty-five years in the past. Although the small man existed in the popular mind as the politically inconsistent champion of unpopular causes and had spent the last seven years of his life in relative stagnation, his influence was still great enough to draw a crowd of over fifty thousand people – admirers or otherwise – for his funeral procession....   [tags: Biography Sartre Essays]
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What Martin Luther Can Teach Us About Conscience - ... The interrogation was no short undertaking, but by the end Luther had gathered his bravery, completing with these well renowned words: “My conscience is captive to the saying of God. therefore I will not and will not recant, for going against my conscience is neither defended neither salutary. I can do no other, here I stand, God help me. Amen.” On May 26, 1521, the emperor rendered his conclusion. Luther was to be put under “ban and two times ban.” The Edict of Worms ordered the men and women of the empire “not to take the aforementioned Martin Luther into your dwellings, not to obtain him at court, to give him neither food neither drink, not to hide him, to pay for him no help, follow...   [tags: church, reformation, culture, ban, death] 636 words
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Examining Good and Bad Conscience in Friedrich Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals - Friedrich Nietzsche is recognized for being one of the most influential German philosophers of the modern era. He is known for his works on genealogy of morality, which is a way to study values and concepts. In Genealogy of Morals, Friedrich Nietzsche mentions that values and concepts have a history because of the many different meanings that come with it. Nietzsche focused on traditional ethical theories, especially those rooted in religion. Not being a religious man, he believed that human life has no moral purpose except for the significance that human beings give it....   [tags: philosophy, ontology, nature of morality] 1631 words
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Decisions of the Conscience in Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky and Huckleberry Finn by Twain - ... An evidence of Raskolnikov's mental incapability to handle the thought of the crime and what may come of it, displays itself before the crime. Raskolnikov thinks about the crime he plans to commit. Raskolnikov says, “ Why am I going there now. Am I capable of that. Is that serious?” (Dostoevsky ) The last two phrases Raskolnikov mentions the crime referring to it as “that;” with the questions he is asking it is apparent that he fights with his conscience over his capability to do such a thing....   [tags: decisions, guilt, slavery]
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A Historical Journey through the American Conscience: The Public and its Courts - America has long taken pride in being a nation of idealism and of freedom. Still, while these values have remained constant, other areas of the American mindset have evolved repeatedly over the brief course of America’s history. Nothing could illustrate this change more than the complex, developing, relationship between American citizens and their criminal justice system. Each era of American history shows the mindset of its time through the courts. From the extreme Puritans, and their deeply spiritual, irrational cases, to the politically charged events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and forward into the hodgepodge of contemporary justice, one can read the American conscience b...   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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The Lancastrian Avenger Queen Margaret In Richard III: Chorus, Prophetess, and Conscience - The premise of William Shakespeare’s circa 1597 historic tragedy Richard III relies on the violent struggle between two noble houses, the Lancastrians and the Yorkists, known as the Wars of the Roses. Even though it can stand entirely on its own, the preceding plays of this tetralogy, 1 Henry VI, 2 Henry VI, and 3 Henry VI brilliantly sketch the foreground for Richard III as it picks up directly from the events described in 3 Henry VI. The last Lancastrian king, Henry VI, and his heir, Prince Edward, have been killed and Richard’s eldest brother has been crowned King Edward IV....   [tags: Wars of the Roses, English Plays]
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Collective Conscience, Collective Representation, and Social Currents: The Amish Rumspringa - ... This solidarity works due to interdependence. Organic solidarity is located within big populations of individuals such as cities where society is viewed as less intimate. The concentration on independence within organic solidarity is what reduces collective consciousness. Collective consciousness is stronger where mechanical solidarity is dominant within the society. Examples: Members with the Amish society faced various tough situations such as no electricity, cars, schools, etc. But, unlike the Amish society that faced these challenges, the English society is rather full of satisfaction such as individuals live a comfortable life, driving around in expensive cars, pursuing education to...   [tags: solidarity, society, lifestyle] 1093 words
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Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau - Henry David Thoreau was an American philosopher lived in 19th century, when young and feeble American society was not powerful as nowadays. His illustrious work called as “Civil disobedience” demonstrated his polar point of view towards unjust government. Objection to pay taxes, protests, follow own conscience are only some of the methods of disobeying. His main point is that any man, who treats himself as a conscience man, should differentiate laws in order to determine which law is right or wrong, and consequently no to obey that unjust law....   [tags: Conscience, Unjust Laws, Chaos] 749 words
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Doing the Right Thing is the Best Choice in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - ... Tom Robinson didn’t have a fair trial because of his skin color. Everybody in the whole court had already judged him guilty for being accused of raping a white girl. Atticus faced prejudice when he defends Tom. Prejudice is against the liberty. Segregation was in favor of prejudice. Atticus did the right thing to follow the statement “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” Edith Wharton uses Ethan Frome character to do the right thing. But Ethan struggles against the conflict of man vs....   [tags: conscience, prejudice, racism]
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck Finn has experienced many internal problems throughout the novel. When it comes to slavery, he agrees with the philosophy of slavery, but sometimes he only follows that philosophy because that’s what he’s been taught in his society. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”(Mark Twain) Huck is trying to approve his actions by following his conscience, whether society finds it right or wrong. One thing Huck experiences is racism throughout the novel....   [tags: conscience, racism, huck]
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Killer Instincts in Oscar Wilde's Novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray - ... In a heated conversation, Basil asks Dorian to see his soul, and Dorian decides to show him the portrait, as it is essentially his soul. Dorian believes that, “the man who painted the portrait that was the origin of all his shame was to be burdened for the rest of his life with the hideous memory of what he had done,” (Wilde 129). This shows that Dorian despises Basil because he is the artist behind the portrait, which haunts him. He wants Basil to suffer, and this later results in Dorian killing Basil....   [tags: deceive, love, conscience]
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Themes Taught through Individual Characters and Society in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - ... “ ‘You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft’ ” (128), said Huck. Huck and Jim now have no restrictions, they are able to be free and they no longer need to hide from anyone. On the river, Jim is labeled a runaway slave and fears that he will be caught. At this point he longs for full freedom from slavery. When they reached Cairo, “Jim said it made him all over trembly and feverish to be so close to freedom” (97). Jim illuminates pure joy and excitement for freedom. Slavery gave him so many restrictions, that it heavily weighed him down and degraded his individual worth....   [tags: freedom, survival, conscience, fittest] 901 words
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American Literature Themes in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - ... This leaves him free to do whatever he pleases, just like he wanted. Jim’s goal, however, is to escape from his slavery and help free his family. After overhearing Miss Watson tell the widow that she’s going to sell Jim, he realizes that he’s going to be separated from his family so he runs away to Jackson’s island, where he meets Huck. His plan is to travel to the free states so he can free his family and finally reunite with them. While both Huck and Jim sought to gain freedom, Huck’s goal was to escape the more civilized life and Jim’s dream was to rejoin his family....   [tags: freedom, nature, individual, conscience] 813 words
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The Descent of the Despot: Sleep Deprivation, Hallucinations and Guilt in Macbeth - ... Upon returning to Lady Macbeth, he subsequently provides an account of the events surrounding Duncan’s murder, to which she replies “These deeds must not be thought/After these ways; so, it will make us mad” (II.ii.36-37). Ignoring this entreatment, McBeth reports to her “Methought I heard a voice cry 'Sleep no more!/ Macbeth does murder sleep,' the innocent sleep/ Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleeve of care/ The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath” (II.ii.38-41). This passage is significant not only because it provides the first instance in which Macbeth uses sleep as a metaphor for absolution, but also because Macbeth is prompted to express this view by the declarations of...   [tags: murder, conscience, insanity]
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Character Analysis of Javert, in Victor Hugo's Les Miserables - ... His character is painted as somewhat of an automaton. He thinks through things clearly in his head and has a conscience, but his actions seem almost mechanical. For example, when he drags Fantine out of the town square, despite her pleas for “mercy,” his decision remains unwavering. This situation also shows Javert as an impassive and an unmerciful police officer. Javert plays the main antagonist in the movie. His outlook that we should treat criminals without mercy is what makes him obsessed with putting Valjean, the protagonist, behind bars....   [tags: authority, conscience, suicide]
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The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us - Dr. Robert D. Hare’s Without a Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us (1993), was intriguing yet frightening to read from the beginning. The purpose of the book was evident by the title; it conveyed insightful information to the reader about the characteristics of psychopathic individuals who walk among us. Hare (1993) also provided the reader with insight on how to detect individuals whom may have malicious intent with prospective individuals, what type of individuals are more than likely to be victimized, and brought forth interesting theories that support the notion that psychopathic individuals are mentally disturbed....   [tags: psychopathy, without a conscience, psychopath]
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The Milgram Experiment of The 1960s - The Milgram experiment of the 1960s was designed to ascertain why so many Germans decided to support the Nazi cause. It sought to determine if people would be willing to contradict their conscience if they were commanded to do so by someone in authority. This was done with a psychologist commanding a teacher to administer an electric shock to a student each time a question was answered incorrectly. The results of the Milgram experiment help to explain why so many men in Nazi Germany were recruited to support the Nazi cause and serve as a warning against the use of “enhanced interrogation” techniques by the United States government....   [tags: nazi, holocaust, conscience]
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Guilt and Ambition in Shakespeare's Macbeth - ... Finally, the final manifestation of Macbeth’s guilt strikes him in the form of Banquo’s ghost at the feast, a supernatural event that reflects the unnatural deaths that occur in the play. Macbeth immediately addresses the ghost by saying, “Thou canst not say I did it: never shake/ Thy gory locks on me”, thus attempting to convince the apparition that he is not to blame for this murder and therefore not guilty (3.4.63-64). At the same time, the purpose of this remark is defeated because if he was not guilty, there would be no need to explain anything to the ghost....   [tags: murder, ruthless, conscience]
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Joseph Butler’s Five Sermons - ... But “their mutual coinciding, so that we can scarce promote one without the other, is equally proof that we were made for both” (27). Acting in a benevolent manner often makes people happy and people might decide to gratify our natural desire to act benevolently from self-love. According to Butler, benevolence (tending toward public good) and self-love (tending toward private good) “perfectly coincide. [and] mutually promote one another” (26), however, there is a third guiding principle, conscience, that helps guide us toward public and private good....   [tags: Conscience, Judgements, Morals] 969 words
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The Dilemma of Conscience that Proctor Faces in Arthur Miller's The Crucible - The Dilemma of Conscience that Proctor Faces in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Conscience is the awareness of right and wrong. In the Crucible, the idea of conscience is strongly emphasised. Throughout the play, John Proctor is faced with situations regarding his family, friends, himself and moreover his moral conscience. The idea of conscience in The Crucible is based very much on Christian concepts, firstly the idea of morality, or conscience of right and wrong, secondly the idea of the confession of sin, and finally the idea of guilt and penance for sins....   [tags: Essay on The Crucible] 1488 words
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Explain John Proctor's Struggle with his Conscience - Explain John Proctor's Struggle with his Conscience Conscience The conscience, the knowledge of right and wrong that affects actions and behaviour; the senses of guilt or virtue indeed by actions, behaviour etc. An innermost thought. (PH English dictionary) John Proctor has a terrible struggle with his conscience, particularly towards the end of the play. John proctors conscience is tell him that he shouldn't give into the pressure of the court, that he should stand proud and not tell the court lies....   [tags: Salem Witch Trials The Crucible Essays] 1725 words
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Loyalty, Honesty and Trust in "The Conscience of the Court" - In Zora Hurston's, short story, "The Conscience of the Court", she explores the value of loyalty and honestly. She also examines how these qualities effect the way others can perceive an individual and the trust that these qualities enable others to convey towards those that express them. This text shows the loyalty that a black woman holds for her employer and the trust that the two share during a time of turmoil and general distrust of blacks by whites. "The Conscience of the Court" is unusual because it depicts an uneducated black woman triumphing over a white bigot in a situation and time period in which an unspoken rule places the law on the white man's side....   [tags: World Literature] 736 words
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the conscience - She could not take it anymore. She was convinced that she could no longer endure the presence of that hateful vagabond. She was determined to end it, end everything, no matter how bad it might be, rather than bear his tyranny. It had nearly been fifteen days with that struggle. What she didn't understand was the tolerance that Antonio had with that vagabond. No, truthfully, it was strange. The vagabond begged for hospitality for one night: the night of Ash Wednesday exactly, when the wind dragged along a blackish dust, whirling, and whipped the glass windows with a dry crackle....   [tags: essays research papers] 1369 words
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Crisis of Conscience - In Catch-22, Joseph Heller creates a surreal world of irrationality to illuminate madness and corruption. Through the satirical characterizations of the novel's leaders, Heller criticizes not just the institution of war but all forms of bureaucratic establishment. The authority figures in the novel are portrayed as selfish and deranged maniacs without any sense of morality, driven purely by their desires to expand their power and reputations. These leaders are able to skew reason to their benefits through their followers’ acceptance of conformity and conventions....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Joseph Heller] 1740 words
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Concience of Guilt vs a Guilty Concience - ... Conscious of the crimes he was charged with, Charles Manson is quoted as saying; “Maybe I should have killed four or five hundred people…then I would have felt better. Then I would have felt I really offered society something.” [Another quote, while talking to an interviewer} “If I wanted to kill somebody…I’d pick up this book and beat you to death with it. And I wouldn’t feel a thing. It’d be like walking to the drug store.” Since Charles Manson’s time, crime has increased to a point that it isn’t so shocking....   [tags: definition, criminal, example, actions] 660 words
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What Would Spock Do?: Rights of an Individual - ... In the Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King states “There are two kinds of laws: unjust and just laws.” (221-222). “An unjust law is no law at all,” stated Saint Augustine. King agreed with Saint Augustine’s statement, but why. Well the difference is an unjust law is inflicted upon the minority according to the government. The minority had no part in creating the law and had no vote to see if the law was democratically chosen to pass or not. A just law was man-made that connected to the moral law or the law of God....   [tags: conscience, laws, majority, personal, freedom]
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