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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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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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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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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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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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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 of sin, and finally the idea of guilt and penance for sins....   [tags: Crucible Essays]
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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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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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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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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 adults who are able to successfully function in society and interact with others....   [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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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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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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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 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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Themes of Conscience in the Crucible - Themes of Conscience in the Crucible Intolerance The Crucible is set in a theocratic society. The church and the state are an equal place. The religion is a strict form of Protestantism or known as Puritanism. In Salem, everyone belongs to either God or the Devil. As Danforth says in Act III, "a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it." The witch trials are the ultimate expression of intolerance. Hysteria ======== Another critical theme in the Crucible is the role that hysteria can play in tearing part a community....   [tags: Papers] 401 words
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Theater With a Conscience: Margaret Fleming - ... 'Margaret Fleming,' to his mind, is destined to make men and women think, and also to assist the rights of woman as against the privileges of man” (184). As so, Margaret Fleming was not an accident nor a play designed to entertain. Rather, the play represents the accumulation of his various beliefs. The recognition of a new mode of drama, his respect for his wife and his desire to represent truth on the stage, gave form to a most controversial play. Margaret Fleming first appeared on stage on July 4, 1890....   [tags: Theater]
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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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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 agreed that it is, in part, an individual's capacity to decide on the moral appropriateness of a particular course of action....   [tags: Papers] 682 words
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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St. Thomas Aquinas on Conscience, the Virtues, and Weakness of Will - St. Thomas Aquinas on Conscience, the Virtues, and Weakness of Will ABSTRACT: The intellectualistic analysis of conscience Aquinas provides appears to regard conscience as mechanistic and undynamic. Such understanding fails to place Aquinas’s remarks on conscience in the context of the virtue ethics he offers in the Summa and his Commentary on the Nicomachean Ethics. In fact, there is an intricate connection between the virtues and conscience in Aquinas’s thought, and this connection relates directly to his remarks on weakness of will....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers] 3684 words
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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: Influence, Corruption and Conscience - Influence, Corruption and Conscience in The Picture of Dorian Gray      Oscar Wilde's novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, explores the themes of influence, corruption and conscience. “The obvious influence of Lord Henry upon Dorian shows how one may corrupt another to such an extent that one's own conscience withers and dies”(Weintraub 116).   Basil Hallward, a painter, knows the corruptive influence that Lord Henry can impose upon his model, Dorian Gray. Basil does not want Lord Henry to even meet Dorian because he is afraid that Dorian will be influenced and ruined....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]
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The Righteous Conscience: an Interpretive Twist on “William Wilson” - ... While historical allegory is the prevailing topic in Peyser’s dissertation, he still acknowledges the conscience as an identifiable theme. Also, aside from Anonymous’ conjecture that “William Wilson” is an autobiographical narrative, his or her work is centrally focused on the psychological aspects of “William Wilson.” While Anonymous’ Freudian concept is widely accepted in the realms of psychology, I consider it a pseudoscience. Instead, I believe the conscience exists as a compliment to the already multifaceted human psyche, and that this system is far too intricate to assign specific roles to the development of the personality....   [tags: Psychology]
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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: 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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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: Papers] 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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The Conscience in Roger Malvin's Burial by Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Conscience in Roger Malvin's Burial by Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne creates an intricate and amazing dialog within the short story "Roger Malvin's Burial". Reuben Bourne and Roger Malvin, presented with a particular dilemma, are forced to battle each other, as might two lawyers in a courtroom. Here however, the two sides are not against each other, moreover their verbal war rages on in pursuit of what would be best for all others involved. Reuben ignorantly fears that he will choose his best course of action out of selfishness....   [tags: Papers] 823 words
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Margaret Chase Smith’s “Declaration of Conscience” - ... Firstly, she uses an unemotional tone to promote her credibility as a woman politician. Instead of using flowery language and going into a fit of hysteria, which the audience expected from a woman speaker, she used concise vocabulary and kept a level head. She speaks “briefly and simply” to also show the urgency of this crisis facing the nation. In addition, she states, “I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny—Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear.” This shows the audience that she wants a Republican victory, but without using tactics of the Democrats....   [tags: Political Science]
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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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Evaluation of the Claim that Conscience is a Realiable Guide in Ethical Decision Making - Evaluation of the Claim that Conscience is a Realiable Guide in Ethical Decision Making In order to decide whether or not our consciences can be relied upon, we must first examine what we mean by conscience. In order for conscience to be consistently and absolutely reliable, infallible, it must stem from an infallible source - God. Alternatively, conscience might have a potential of ultimate reliability, if the faculty of conscience was dynamic and capable of solving problems i.e....   [tags: Papers] 1793 words
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The Central Distinctions Between Psychological and Theological Accounts of the Nature and Role of Conscience - The Central Distinctions Between Psychological and Theological Accounts of the Nature and Role of Conscience The biggest of distinctions that obviously accounts for all the rest, is that theological accounts of conscience rely on the existence of God, whereas psychological ones do not. However, this is not to say that there are two simple ideas about conscience. The terms ‘psychological’ and ‘theological’ are very broad in terms of conscience, and although thinkers within each grouping have some basic similarities there are many different ideas within both groups....   [tags: Papers] 1261 words
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Roger Williams, William Penn, the Maryland Assembly and Liberty Conscience - Roger Williams, William Penn, the Maryland Assembly and Liberty Conscience The New England colonies of Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Maryland [Pa. and Md.are not in New England] were founded with the express purpose of dispensing of with a statechurch [not exactly. Rhode Island was “put together.” Maryland did not have a single statechurch, but the Calverts did not intend to dispense with state support of a church]. In this theydeviated not only from the other British coloes in the New World but also from their Motherlandand indeed all the civilizations of western Christendom to date....   [tags: History Historical Papers]
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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: Friedrich Nietzsche, philosophy, Genealogy of Mora] 1631 words
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The Battle Between Heart and Conscience in Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn - The Battle Between Heart and Conscience in Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn      Society can have a huge impact on an individual's moral growth. Sometimes the impact is positive but other times the learned habits and set morals of society have a negative effect. In Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the main character, Huck, struggles with what society teaches him and with what he knows to be good and true. During different conflicts concerning either the king and duke, various women or Jim, Huck's sound heart wins the battle over his conscience, which the reader knows to be ill-formed....   [tags: Adventures Huckleberry Huck Finn Essays]
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The Conscience of Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - The Conscience of Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray Much of the criticism regarding The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde has dealt with Dorian Gray’s relation to his own portrait (Raby 392). While some may argue that the portrait represents a reflection of Dorian Gray’s character, this is only a superficial analysis of the novel and Dorian’s character. While Dorian Gray’s true character never changes, it is his own perception of his character (his conscience) that is reflected in the changing face of his portrait....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]
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A Historical Journey through the American Conscience: The Public and its Courts - ... America was, at last, in a comfortable state, threatened only minimally by other nations. Deviation from this complacency was not advised. Americans were trying so hard to keep issues under wraps, that when an issue exploded, it continued to foam, fermenting into the Civil War. In 1859, a Caucasian abolitionist by the name of John Brown led a raid and a slave rebellion on two separate, brutal occasions. He violently abhorred the peculiar institution of slavery, and decided to take bloody action against it....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Crisis of Conscience - ... This ironic technique is essential to the novel’s success as a satire, as it allows readers to objectively examine a world that functions on its own skewed rules of logic and, ultimately, to find unsettling similarities between this fictional reality and actual society. Critic Louis Hasley argues that the characters' absurd cognition advances Catch-22's message that “war is irrational; and the representative things that happen in war are likewise irrational, including man's behavior in war” (Hasley)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Joseph Heller] 1740 words
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Credible and Conscience: Equiano's Effective Narrative - Olaudah Equiano's "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano" is one of the most influential slave narratives to present day society. As one of the first widely read accounts of the slave trade, Equiano's style established an effective form of slave narrative that influenced countless authors, including Frederick Douglass. The language sets up credibility and maintains a tone of honesty rather than sentimentality. Through his use of diction, verb tense, and the consciousness of his target audience, Equiano creates a realistic description of slave life that is both powerful and informative....   [tags: European Literature] 743 words
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