Responsibility to Others versus Individual Selfishness

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Its presence is the summons to respond…To be Me/Ego thenceforth signifies being unable to escape from responsibility.” (“Signification and Sense” 32-33). What Levinas is trying to explain is an individual is a person, or human, by how others perceive that individual, thus an individual is ethically responsible for others as well as others to the individual or is otherwise a loss.
Throughout Dante’s The Divine Comedy 1: Hell and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the idea of the responsibility to others versus an individual’s selfishness is a constant debate. In both Dante’s The Divine Comedy 1: Hell and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the responsibility to others is something that is expected. In Dante’s The Divine Comedy 1: Hell, Dante is guided through Hell and learns how various sins are punished, the traitors being near the bottom. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth is told his destiny to become king, and then face internal conflicts of the various murders he performed in order to achieve the power of being king. Dante’s The Divine Comedy 1: Hell and…
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