Virtue Vs Evil Essay

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We’re grasped in a world, influenced among two entities that reign parallel over mankind, virtue and evil. The acts of benevolence and malevolence have since the beginning generation, created a contrast, a balance of powers. No one human is deprived of standards of virtue and evil perhaps only perpetrated through nature or blessed through proper guidance, as professed by Aristotle. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 17th-century, romanticist novel The Scarlet Letter tackles the obscene clash of these actions, as key characters fall victim under circumstance and uplift from wounds among the most treacherous. Implanted among the deepest of roots, on the thickest of soil lies a corrupted system of the Puritans, one that preached a hateful faith, a faith in which the holiest would be shriveled into brainwashed civilians, conundrums of society that few could draw conclusions for.
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The author states, “Aristotle goes on to say that while the knowledge is relevant to both states, in a sense, it is the most relevant to the positive state. Of course, virtue is not potency for contrary effects is any way at all” (Parry, 3). We learn that the conjunction between good and evil lasts between a person’s mind states, as inferred by the author. Parry suggests through the commandment of knowledge, the one committing an action chooses whether or not to be virtuous, or malicious. He also claims that Aristotle chose that it was better to do something that can benefit and be positive, however, that is of the mind to make that decision, based on the individuals own coherent experience and wisdom (Parry, 3). Certainly, the insight of Parry can be debated, as one can assume that people may be born to sin, and are potentially evil by nature. The just argument can be made towards Chillingsworth, a character who has knowledge and wisdom but still chooses to commit vindictive deeds. A critical author based upon Hawthorne’s classics, Margaret Breen voices her perspective proclaiming, “One becomes evil, Hawthorne implies, by willfully engaging in a wrongful act, behavior that he suggests will lead to further wickedness. Hawthorne’s treatment of Chillingsworth and Dimmesdale indicates that he viewed evil as a condition that arises from a willingness to commit sinful acts” (Breen, Hawthorne’s Pearl: The Origins of Good and Evil, 3). In such a quote, Breen questions the reader of whether the characters sin due to knowledge, or lack thereof, or if it is just in that human’s born right? Potentially, a tree is shook when Dimmesdale is questioned to only be an imitation of virtue, and a bigger mockery of what he had hidden. Breen is also able to establish kakia, the Latin word for vice, the opposite of virtue as an engagement of a wrongful act that acts as a curse to oneself and those around you (Breen, 2). We are left with a conflict of the path to both virtue and evil, whether a person is forced by nature and life itself or if they choose that path over time and knowledge.

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