Depravity Essays

  • Human Depravity

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    Position on Human Depravity In humanity's constant search for understanding, one of the core issues concerns our very nature. Knowledge of our true nature would provide an insight into many of the questions that go unanswered in our world. Whether deep down inside we are good or evil decides what situation we are in, and has implications about what we can do about it. Two famous figures in Christian history have taken opposing views on this subject. Augustine believed that humans have been corrupted

  • Total Depravity

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    The doctrine of Total depravity is split into two different views. There is the Calvinistic side which is total inability or total depravity, and the Arminisnistic viewpoint, which is free will or human ability (Rose). Calvinism is based on the theological beliefs and teachings by John Calvin and Arminianism is based on the views of Jacobus Arminius. We will look into what each of these subjects entail as we progress in this paper. As well as using scripture to back them up. To label yourself as

  • Depravity and Destruction in Blood Meridian

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    Depravity and Destruction in Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian is a passionate, lyrical, and ugly novel of depravity and destruction of life in the Old West. It is a story of a hellish journey where violence and corruption are currency in a life of murder and treachery. Contrasting scenes of scenic beauty, poetically described by McCarthy, are negated by his gruesome accounts of despicable scenes of human cruelty in the examination of evil. Like all of McCarthy's earlier novels, Blood

  • Puritan Depravity and Distrust in Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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    Puritan Depravity and Distrust in Young Goodman Brown Puritan doctrine taught that all men are totally depraved and require constant self-examination to see that they are sinners and unworthy of God's Grace. Because man had broken the Covenant of Works when Adam had eaten from the Tree of Knowledge, God offered a new covenant to Abraham's people which held that election to Heaven was merely a possibility.  In the Puritan religion, believers dutifully recognized the negative aspects of their

  • Measure for Measure Essay: Lord Angelo's Hypocrisy

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    fanaticism in the play. It's interesting to note that Lord Angelo's name evokes an image of purity and holiness.  Names are given at birth, and the idea that he is called angelic from the start, would argue against this doctrine of innate depravity.  But, as Shakespeare argues, it's a name that can't be lived up to because of natural passions and lusts, which ultimately leads to Angelo's hypocrisy.  The play opens up not only dressing up Angelo with a pure name, but also as a puritanical deputy

  • Hamlet And Macbeth As Tragedies

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    undeserved misfortunes, terror by misfortunes befalling a man like ourselves". "There remains, then, as the only proper subject for tragedy, the spectacle of a man not absolutely or eminently good or wise, who is brought to disaster not by sheer depravity but by some error or frailty". "Lastly, this man must be highly renowned and prosperous-and Oedipus, a Thyestes, or some other illustrious person" (Quiller-Couch 1). "A tragedy, he tells us, is a play in which the chief characters experience a change

  • John Proctor as the Tragic Hero in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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    from the great philosopher, Aristotle. When depicting a tragic hero, Aristotle states "The change in the hero's fortunes be not from misery to happiness, but on the contrary, from happiness to misery, and the cause of it must not lie in any depravity but in some great error on his part." In addition, he explains the four essential qualities that a tragic hero should possess, which are goodness, appropriateness, lifelike, and consistency. All of these necessities help to classify the character

  • The Parasites of Atlas Shrugged

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    The Parasites of Atlas Shrugged In this world, and in the world of Ayn Rand’s imagination, there are two kinds of people: those who live to create, and those who wish to live as parasites feeding off the benefits of those creations. In Atlas Shrugged, she explores what might happen when the creators of the world stop creating; the parasites are left to try to live on their own. The novels that Miss Rand writes always reflect this sort of thing. She writes of the battle between the two types

  • Herman Melville's Billy Budd - Innocence is More Important that Wisdom

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    rights.  It is here, also, that Billy meets John Claggart, the master-at-arms.  A man "in whom was the mania of an evil nature, not engendered by vicious training or corrupting books or licentious living but born with him and innate, in short 'a depravity according to nature'"(38). Here then, is presented a man with a personality and character to contrast and conflict with Billy's.  Sweet, innocent Billy immediately realizes that this man is someone he does not wish to cross and so after seeing

  • Deconstructing Henry James' The Turn of the Screw

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    Deconstructing Henry James's The Turn of the Screw To those readers uninitiated to the infinite guises of critical literary theory, Henry James's The Turn of the Screw might be interpreted as a textbook case of an anxiety-ridden Governess fleeing an unpromising reality and running right into the vaporous arms of her imaginary ghosts. But to the seriously literate, the text is more than the story does or does not tell; it can be read in light of many - not just one - literary theories.

  • Confession, Exploration and Comfort in Upon the Burning of Our House by Anne Bradstreet

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    Confession, Exploration and Comfort in Upon the Burning of Our House The theological concept of humankind’s inherent depravity created tension in the lives of seventeenth century New England Puritans.  The Puritans believed that humans were born sinful and remained in this condition throughout life.  This doctrine stressed self-discipline and introspection, through which the Puritan sought to determine whether particular spiritual strivings were genuine marks of true religiosity.  God preordained

  • Major Images in Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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    the baptism into sin” (Fogle 24).  3.  “The pink ribbons that adorn the cap which Faith wears . . . are a badge of feminine innocence” (Abel 130).  4.  “Neither scarlet nor white, but of a hue somewhere between, the ribbons suggest neither total depravity nor innocence, but a psychological state somewhere between.  Tied like a label to the head of Faith, they represent the tainted innocence, the spiritual imperfection of all mankind” (Ferguson). Goodman Brown:  1.  According to Levy, he “is Everyman

  • Corruption in the Film Blue Chips

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    Corruption: The act of corrupting or of impairing integrity, virtue, or moral principle; the state of being corrupted or debased; loss of purity or integrity; depravity; wickedness; impurity; bribery. In the film Blue Chips corruption overshadows true meaning of sports tournament. There are two challenging issues in the film dealing with money and morals. Bribery is used to save the athletic reputation of the university. A college basketball coach finds himself battling between his morals, integrity

  • Conflict between Good and Evil in Bradstreet’s The Flesh and the Spirit

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    religion when he noted that “The greatest part of Christian grace lies in mourning the want of it.”  Shepard suggests, in this passage, that good Christians should spend their days, indeed their entire lives, exploring and proclaiming their own depravity and sinfulness, their “want” of Christian grace.  Paradoxically, only this kind of a life could lead, ultimately, to the possibile attainment of God’s grace and thus entrance into heaven.  For the Puritans, such a formula posed a never-ending, internal

  • Essay on the Conflicts, Climax and Resolution in Rappaccini’s Daughter

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    interpretation. In the opinion of this reader, the central conflict – the relation between the protagonist and antagonist usually(Abrams 225) - in the tale is an internal one within Giovanni between his love for Beatrice and his Puritan belief in the depravity of man. His love for the beautiful daughter blinds him to various indications of her poisonous nature, to the evil nature of her father and to the intent of her father to involve Giovanni as a subject in his sinister experiment. An assortment of

  • Essay Comparing Othello And Volpone

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    uncommonly similar in nature. An elaborate "con game" is practiced in each play through intriguing dramatic inventiveness. However, the focus of Shakespeare's tragedy is upon a noble and heroic figure; the focus of Jonson's comedy is upon a monster of depravity, a genius in crime. Comparisons between these great plays continues to pale when Jonson's script is held up to scrutiny. Whereas Shakespeare's seventeenth century

  • Duality of Man Exposed in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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    common trait they hold of having two contrasting components in their being.  Throughout history, there has always been a conflict with the view of goodness and evilness in man.  The philosopher Plato believed that man was born with a natural depravity and was basically an untrained animal who needed society's help to structure, educate, and fulfill his needs.  On the other hand, Plato's pupil Aristotle believed that man is initially born with goodness and virtue.  The issue of man's two

  • Implications of Modernist Thought in Tender Is the Night

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    implications of modernist thought in F. Scott Fitzgeralds' Tender Is the Night, become apparent when conceptualizing crime and punishment. Besides the murder of the Negro in the Parisian hotel, the idea of crime is plastic; adultery, deceit, moral depravity barely have consequences. Actions committed with good intentions often end in despair, such as the marriage of Dick and Nicole Diver. Similarly, seduction and dissimulation are not often met with ensuing punishment. Actions, whether they be morally

  • Measure for Measure Essay: Immorality and Corruption

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    corruption is innate in mankind. It is worth noting that Lord Angelo's name evokes an image of purity and holiness.  Names are given at birth, and the idea that he is called angelic from the start, would argue against this doctrine of innate depravity.  But, as Shakespeare argues, it's a name that can't be lived up to because of natural passions and lusts, which ultimately leads to Angelo's hypocrisy.  The play opens up not only labelling Angelo with a pure name, but also as a puritanical deputy

  • The Character of Captain Delano in Benito Cereno

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    Delano is a human metaphor for white sentiment of the time. His deepest sensibilities of order and hierarchy make it impossible for him to see the realities of slavery. Delano's blindness to the mutiny is a metaphor for his blindness to the moral depravity of slavery. The examination of Captain Delano's views of nature, beauty, and humanity, allow us to see his often confusing system of hierarchical order which cripples his ability to see the mutiny and the injustice of slavery. After Delano believes