Through generations the struggle between choosing one’s moral principles over society’s discrimination is evident. The character Sir Thomas More personified this tradition by keeping his selfhood and moral conscience above all laws of the society and firmly followed the Man’s law. Richard Rich was also a part of this struggle but sadly he chose to sell his friend and his own beliefs for higher ranked positions. Finally, the common man was an example of the different views and opinionated beliefs of the human minds which are sometimes neglected due to the result of the class difference or partiality of the society. This all demonstrates that defending one’s personal notions is followed by colossal challenges by the society which can be dealt with by solidly following the letter of the law. Unfortunately, this book is still relevant today because it relates to the struggles that exist in the human mind to the unfairness that the common people have to face and any reader who is a part of this tussle can relate to this book through any era of time.
One’s personal struggle may lead them to greater appreciation for the true beauty in life. This can be demonstrated though the Albatross and the symbolism of hope that it represents. Nature also is a symbol of this beauty; the Mariner after being struck with a curse comes to realize the true beauty in nature. Finally, the wedding guest represents humanity and its ability to find beauty in everything and everyone. It is only through one’s burdens that they learn to appreciate the true beauty in life. Pure beauty can be seen in everything if one truly opens their eyes to all the opportunities.
A conscience is the guiding sense of what actions are right and wrong. It helps form a person’s values and therefore their behaviour. Corruption is the result of a lack of conscience, so that behaviours that are harmful or wrong are acceptable. Rich’s lack of conscience leads to his corruption. As a result of him not having a moral set of values or beliefs, he betrays his friends and breaks the laws of God in order to gain power. King Henry VII is another example of a character that has a great thirst for power; this thirst overrides his sense of right and wrong. What he wants becomes right merely because he wants it. His desire for power and a male heir lead him to break Church laws, establish his own church and leads to much bloodshed. Finally, Roper’ soul suffered corruption as a result of his lack of fortitude and inconstancy in his moral beliefs; thus he was easily influenced by the society. This all demonstrates how the absence of a strong moral conscience leads to a corrupt society. This book is relevant today as it portrays ethical decisions that all people must face during a paradigm shift of values within humanity.
Evil is the temptress to which all of humanity is allured. The Mariner embodies this conflict through the inner turmoil of his own conscience. He is also viewed as being evil through the absolution of society’s morals. Finally, the Mariner conceded to sin by corrupting the laws of nature. However, though it can be determined that humanity possesses the freedom to become corrupt, only through confession of one’s sins can humanity redeem itself from eternal damnation. Unfortunately, the majority of society will commit abominable crimes and never be purged of their insurrections. How will humanity plead?
Literature time and time again can express how humans act, feel and how we live in society. Through the loneliness of the Mariner the reader sees a reflection of society's deepest and darkest times. The anger of the crew also shows how society's emotions can turn into deceit and rage. Finally when poetic justice is rightfully used in the novel it shows that everyone in the world who has done harm should face justice. Through these situations it is easily proven that classic literature can reflect how today's society is portrayed. Classic Literature will continue to be relatable to mankind's ever changing society's.
The most common hamartia of mankind is ingratitude. The Wedding Guest exemplifies this through his lack of appreciation for humanity, including the sage character of the Mariner. Even the wise Mariner depicts ingratitude as he resents the beautiful nature he is surrounded by. Finally, the Mariner is unable to appreciate justice as it is thrust upon him for his actions. It is clear the enlightenment of humanity is truly obtained through the regret of ingratitude. This is represented through the symbolic characters of the knowledgeable, old Mariner and the naïve, young Wedding guest. They demonstrate that carrying the burden of errors, allows one to mature and appreciate life. None of humanity is infallible, therefore one must learn from their mistakes and become enlightened from their regrets.
Scruples; the underlying principles to the fate of earth, are from human doubt or hesitation that troubles the conscience or that comes from the difficulty of determining whether something is right. The mariner is solitarily like humans as a whole and commits wrongs to nature, he lacks respect for nature and receives clarity from nature. In the poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Coleridge, to be morally correct, humans must respect nature. This all demonstrates how the scruples that the mariner teach are key to the survival of Earth in the near future. Generations to come will have heeded the dangers of mother nature thanks to the mariner himself.
Morality is unfortunately subjective. King Henry VIII shows this by completely changing the religion and Church of England just so he could get a new wife without direct consequences. Richard Rich also demonstrates this by changing his moral standpoint based on those around him and how he could get ahead. Lastly, William Roper’s changing beliefs are a testament to wanting to protect one’s self. Even religion can be changed and persuaded to suit and defend through the legal system. This all exemplifies how humanity’s main concern is survival. This novel is still relatable today because humankind still influences and shapes even ethical issues to benefit personal interest.
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Sir Thomas More is a perfect representation of "the letter of the law". He demonstrates this by retiring as Chancellor of England in order to show he was not a traitor to the King. He also shows this by not signing the Act of Supremacy which goes against the Pope. Furthermore, he proves this throughout the novel by giving several demonstrations of his knowledge of the law, which only someone who is such a strong believer in would know so much about. A man who abides by the letter of the law, is a man who does not veer of the path of righteousness. Today, society would call those who stray from the path "criminals" which Sir Thomas More is most certainly not.
The timelessness of poetry is found inside the mind of all humanity. This timelessness is only determined by the reaction of humanity to the countless messages in poetry. Personal emotions such as the feeling of being lost are told in a gloomier light. Even in this poem the mariner losses his morality when he fires upon the albatross. Also the loss of human contact experienced through the loss of the mariners crew. Finally through the loss of faith in which the mariner experiences near the end of his journey when nothing seams to go positively. These points demonstrate how the catalyst of the poem's timelessness is the personal messages of the Mariner.
Faith possesses the ability to ignite change. The character Sir More relays on the letter of the law and refuses the submit his moral belief to please the King. Thomas More also refused to hide, and therefore used the idea of letter of the law to propel himself further. Finally More was an example of how security is not always reflected by walls, but how one is able to fortify themself within society. This all demonstrates how the letter of the law is more than a list of rules, but a power that gives strength to those who support it. There in no one faith that is truly infallible, but every faith can enlighten and condemn its believers.
Tragedy has the power to bring about the redefinition of ones character and is reflected in the Mariner's experience. The Mariner loses his stable life by the curse. The Mariner hits his breaking point when the curse is at its extreme. The Mariner finds stability only after his paradigm shift. When the one's way of life has no hope to carry on, one must choose whether to lose oneself to tragedy or use tragedy as a lesson to adapt to the unstable reality in which humanity resides.
Scruples are a necessity to a well-functioning society. Strong values make it possible to provide safety to citizens. Another advantage that comes with following ones moral conscience is the order that is maintained in society. Finally, acting in accordance with ethical scruples allows for the promotion of fairness. These points emphasize the essential benefits that following scruples provide to a community. Scruples are fundamental to the safety, order, fairness, and overall well-being of humanity. If every person’s actions were in accordance with their moral scruples the world would be a better place.
Humankind's collective hubris possesses the power to bring about humanity’s downfall. In the tale of the Mariner is that strikingly evident. In the killing of the albatross, the Mariner shows a disregard for life and nature as a whole. In the killing of the albatross, furthermore, does the Mariner show a lack of respect for that which he does not necessarily understand: the supernatural aspects of the creature. Finally, in the Mariner`s punishment because of these actions it is shown how the Mariner`s hubris led to his downfall, and by extension how humanity`s gross self-confidence could lead to the destruction of even the entire species. When one is dealing with that which is not necessarily known, it is often a much wiser decision to forego going where no one has gone before, rather than face the consequences because of extremely bloated self-confidence.
Heresetic values are the catalyst of losing one's moral conscience. The character Cromwell portrayed this loss of conscience through his opposition to God's will and his immoral actions. Richard Rich also displays his machiavellian nature through the destruction of his conscience. Finally, Norfolk was an example of losing one's moral conscience through his refusal to voice his opinions and his preference to avoid conflict. These three points demonstrate the connection between the loss of one's conscience and heresetic values. "A Man For All Seasons" is an excellent representation of modern day society and an accurate display of the scruples many individuals face during the process of making decisions.
To act according to one’s conscience and scruples rather than according to what is convenient was most important to Thomas More. The silver cup was tainted and by getting rid of it, he felt he was taking the appropriate action according to his conscience. When More resigned as Lord Chancellor he was also acting according to his conscience and did this because, in his view, it was a moral obligation. He gave up his position, which was not convenient but was a requirement to be true to himself. Finally, More refuses to take the oath because, if he did otherwise, he would be going against his deeply held beliefs. This literary work explores how conscience can be a motivation for some people’s actions and how these actions influence other people and events. The choices More makes throughout this work affected all of the events and people in the play. The actions of Thomas More demonstrate how he was incapable of acting against his conscience and deeply held beliefs to the point where he gave up his life for these beliefs.
One's everyday actions can be split into two different decisions. Either to follow the letter of the law or the spirit of the law. A strict believer of the letter of the law is Sir Thomas More who throughout the whole play followed his conscience and God's words. Sir Thomas More also stepped down from his job as the chancellor because he did not feel that he was following his conscience on what is right and wrong. Finally, Sir Thomas More was an ideal and influential character in the play " A Man For All Seasons" and portrayed the role of one who follows the letter of the law. This all demonstrates how one's point of view on life could be so much different than another persons point of view. The actions of Sir Thomas More were very influential since Thomas More stood up to what he believed in and followed his conscience to the point where he died for what he believes in.
The technological advance humanity has achieved in the past century has been an enormous impact to daily life. The inventions of cars have decreased the amount of people riding bicycles to work and other destinations, cars have been increasing the speed of daily life. Another invention which revolutionized the world is the internet. The internet has created a way for people to connect to one another in a faster median than sending letters. Finally appliances have changed life inside the home. The appliances like washing machine, dishwasher, and the dryer have created an easy way to clean clothes and dishes without having someone to physically wash and dry them. The technology developed has increased the pace human life is moving. The inventions of these machines have made life for a human easier as humans no longer have to manually clean and can be working on something else while the dishes or clothes are being cleaned by machines. The pace of daily lives of humans has been increasing due to the increasing knowledge of technology creating mechanical objects to replicate actions humans used to manually create.
Apollonian attitudes have had an adverse effect on society. Those who only analyze the consciousness of one self create havoc on oneself as well as those around him. An example of this is Sir Thomas More, whose moderate tone had been that similar to a curse, had created great adversity for his family. More had also allowed those whose unethical attitudes stained the noble class to continue this attitude. More had also caused great adversity upon himself. This all demonstrates how More's strict interpretation of the law had cause great pain and suffering. Through Sir Thomas More's reason-based thought process, his attitude had created great strain which would taint the English society for 3 centuries.
The letter of the law is demonstrated through a moral man, Sir Thomas More. He believes strongly in his moral conscience and eventually sacrifices his life. The retirement of Chancellor of England to search for his self-ego shows the determination. The rejection to sign the Act of Supremacy to not break the law of the Church shows his steadfast conscious. These demonstrate how much he tried to avoid the perils that are against his belief. More’s rooted love of the law shapes his character.
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