His conscience makes him feel so bad that he wants to try to make up for his mistakes, but in the end he is still too tempted by the bad to abandon his altern... ... middle of paper ... ...is weakness to the evil because he can’t stop his acts, unless he goes that as far as to commit suicide. Gene also feels guilt, when Phineas dies he believes that he has also died with him and will never be the same again. Unfortunately neither one completely and whole heartedly repents or changes their actions allowing the reader to decide whether they ever are really worthy of receiving any forgiveness. In summary both Jekyll and Gene are in acknowledgment of their injustices and yet each still commit their crime making them guilty. In the world today a child cannot be put in prison for a crime.
He believed that although society would say it was wrong for him to murder an innocent lady, that what he was doing was for the greater good of society. He hoped to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Towards the beginning of the book, before he kills Alyona, Raskolnikov, who was not confident in killing Alyona overhears two students talking about killing Alyona “without the ... ... middle of paper ... ...was so immersed in himself and had isolated himself so much from everyone that he was afraid not only of meeting his landlady but of meeting anyone at all” (3), to highlight how isolated of a person he was. This is what allowed him to attempt to become this Übermensch figure, however Dostoyevsky makes him fail in his Übermensch status to criticize the reality of such a figure. In conclusion, the protagonists Raskolnikov is simply a tool used by Dostoyevsky in order to make his point and criticize the idea of an Übermensch as well as the philosophy of nihilism.
Furthermore, the Misfit does not have any sympathy or regret for those he murders and simply forgets his wrongdoings. While speaking to the grandmother the Misfit reveals that “‘[he] can do one thing or [...] another, kill a man or take a tire off his car, because sooner or later [he is] going to forget what [he had done] and just be punished for it.’”(O’Connor 25). The Misfit’s inability to understand the purpose of consequences reveals his insanity. His psychological issues are a key factor that institutes his horrific actions. The Misfit’s lack of psychological help contributes to the decay of his morality because with an unstable mind he is unable to grasp moral values whatsoever.
He became an anguished man whose certainty went down the drain. His realization that he was wrong about witchcraft turned him into a man who directly spoke against witchcraft. However, his sorrow disparaged him. He was not the confident man he once was, and his remorse led him to believe that the least he could do was try to save the lives of those who were falsely accused. Yet, his attempts to stop the witch trials were ineffective.
Dostoyevsky does not approve of the use of fate as the determining factor for any logical decision. Dostoyevsky makes it clear that Raskolnikov’s use of fate to justify his actions can only result in a negative outcome. Although it shouldn’t, fate plays an integral role in the decisions many people make. Raskolnikov is clearly part of this “many people” as he decides to kill the old pawnbroker solely based on a conversation he overheard in a diner that solidified his own morbid thoughts. Despite having “doubts” about committing the murder after having a dark dream that depicted a horse getting beaten, Raskolnikov chose to go through with his idea after coincidentally hearing a conversation.
As Proctor, Hale also struggles later on on the play, in terms of morality. He realizes that what is going on in Salem is wrong and he feels guilty for somehow having initiated it. He tries to fix what he had done to have a lighter conscience but he fails. John Proctor was a man of principles, that is i... ... middle of paper ... ... be feeling in case he lied. The fact that his friends would be hanged contributed even more to his decision, as when he saw Rebecca and Martha he felt like he was being dishonorable and he realized that he was going to a worst place in his afterlife in case he lied.
Utilitarianism in Crime and Punishment Raskolnikov's mathematical evaluation of the moral dilemma presented to him in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment exemplifies the empirical view of utilitarianism. Utilitarianism attempts to distinguish between right and wrong by measuring a decision based on its calculated worth. Raskolnikov appears to employ the fundamentals of utilitarianism by pitting the negative consequences of murdering his old landlady against the positive benefits that her money would bestow onto society. However, a true follower of utilitarianism would be outraged at Raskolnikov's claim that murdering the old woman can be considered morally right. Raskolnikov arbitrarily leaves out some necessary considerations in his moral "equation" that do not adhere to utilitarianism.
What Hitchens has done with these examples is tried to present them in a way to make a person not very well informed in reasoning skills to think that religion has caused only bad. He makes statements that paint those with religious beliefs as fanatics with the main purpose of killing those who don’t believe the way they do. By not fully exploring the way in which religion has had beneficial effect, Hitchens has set up an argument that could easily convince people that religion only has negative effects. The next stop on this exploration of this book is chapters seven through nine which reviewer Geoffrey Sutton says “seems to be the center point in his book” (372). These three chapters go into in depth analysis of the Old Testament, New Testament, and Koran, respectively.
3. Then defend our positions as truth, but our sin/lies become root and branch of violence. Learn to use language of sin about ourselves not just others! But not stuck there, called to be righteous and live life made possible by God's redemption in the cross. Sin not just an error or wrong doing, it's a wrong being or overreaching, fundamental form is self-deception.
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