Morals in Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown and King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

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Morals are set standards of right and wrong for society as a whole. One ’s self image of morals are what the individual thinks is right and wrong according to what he or she learns; however, this “Internal compass” can be influenced because society controls most of what they learn. One’s self image of morals allows an individual to provide compelling arguments, provides emotional stability and allows for an individual to have predetermined views of right and wrong; on account of the fact that said individuals choose to follow the revolutionary figures who provide a strong base for the creation of one’s self image of morals. In most cases, religion plays a major role in the creation of this aspect of identity; made evident in Martin Luther…show more content…
This debate showed me the power that self morals provide in terms of an “emotional anchor” meaning that an individual can believe in their morals to the point that they will not be swayed by others with differing views. My aunt also showed me that when someone has truly formed their self image of morals, they will not change their views for any reason and can remain emotionally stable even when faced with adverse conditions. Another example is when Dr. King was labeled an extremist. When an individual is labeled as an extremist, he or she seen as a threat, people will turn against that individual and he or she will be alienated and ridiculed. At first, he admits he was disappointed that he was labeled as an extremist but then he goes on to say, “…I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love…?” (Jail 31). Dr. King did not balk at being considered an extremist; he remained calm, beginning to take pleasure in this label for he was able to compare himself as an extremist for equal rights to Jesus who was an “extremists for love.” As such, Dr. King was content to remain in jail because he knew that he was emulating another revolutionary figure that he believed had the highest standard of self morals. Goodman Brown had a different kind of emotional stability after he had caught sight of his wife at the unholy ceremony.

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