Violent Characters-Peter Wendy and Misfit
Peter and Wendy from “The Veldt” and Misfit from “A Good Man is Hard to find” are depicted as violent characters because of the power they possess, lack of communication with others, their cruel acts (attempting murder), and their heartless actions. As much as a lucrative status can seem admirable and satisfying, it comes with high costs that can hardly be paid by its advantages. Parents strive a lot to create what they view as a bright future for their kids. But is this helpful? The current advances in technology have brought about much to be envied by the less fortunate. The inability to acquire the modern gadgets is some disability which can lower the dignity of the humans. Acquisition of the most current ones puts one higher on the ladder. This means being spendthrift at the markets in the race to obtain most recent technologies. These technologies are attached to some rare source of royalty, power, and superiority over others (Bradbury 168). These ideas are manifested by Peter and Wendy in “The Veldt.” PLAGIARIZED SAMPLE-ORDER YOUR PAPER NOW
Every society had a consistent and agreed upon code of ethics to which every member should subscribe to. These norms are subjective, and failure to adhere to them could attract harsh disciplinary actions. People living in such a society unquestioningly follow these laws though there are no archives for reference. The norms are passed from generation to generation mainly through non-formal actions. But how fair is this? Couldn’t people be allowed to genuinely live in accordance with their moral codes rather than being imposed into universal norms? This is the conflict arising from “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
Ideally, every parent wishes to give the best to his or her children. However, this should be done in moderation lest both the parents and the children fall victims of the good life. Children should be trained to act responsibly. They also have a future to live. When everything including the unnecessary is availed to them, the parents will just be darkening their future. Only the most basic needs should be catered for a healthy upbringing. Luxury can, however, be provided but with limits. Too much luxury drives the mind into a world of fantasy where everything is available at no costs and sacrifices (Bradbury 167). These imaginative worlds make children think that all is theirs in the world hindering their coexistence with others. Later in life, this children may even turn against their parents.
The current technological trends contribute to a greater percentage of children’s digression from the conventional moral code. This contributes to the questioning of the modern “civilization.” Should parents impose their children on the traditional ways of life? I would recommend for the reconstruction of the traditional cultures. In my opinion, this perspective of life provides a rich set of ethics which would help create an ideal society. A supreme ideal society would be the one practicing equality despite the privileges attached to gender, status, education level and race.
In the contemporary setting, most of the vices in the society can be attributed to technological advancements alongside other factors. A typical human being has the tendency to retain more of what appeals to the sense of sight as compared to other senses. The video clips we see on social media contribute a great deal in shaping our personality and morality. These practices on the social media are what we replicate in our daily lives. No matter how much advice children get from their parents, they will continue imitating the things in the imaginary worlds. These sources of moral codes have to be done away for a better future of the children.
Religion is a major area of conflict and is as well a central source of moral obligation. If there is no peace in the religious denominations, their supremacy and goodness are interfered with. Gandhi, a famous philosopher, dedicated his life to unify religions. He proposed that different religions are alternative paths leading to a similar destination. If this is the case, why are there fights among our religions? He argues that religion should be founded on the basis of love, truth, equality, and unity. No religion is more superior to the other, and thus all religions should be treated with the extreme respect. Nonetheless, this does not mean that one should abandon their religion and adopt another one. One should stick to the chosen one. Religion should not be taken as a hiding to justify one’s righteousness. People should strictly adhere to what they believe in rather than pretending to subscribe to a certain religion. PLAGIARIZED SAMPLE-ORDER YOUR PAPER NOW
However, one’s personal beliefs should not interfere with other people’s existence as it happens in “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” One should be considerate not to harm others in his strive to fulfill his/her beliefs. Misfit does not see anything wrong with murder and does not see himself as a dreadful person (O’Connor 1160). He even disputes the punishment given to him and thinks that he is righteous (O’Connor 1162). Although Misfit adheres to his beliefs, this is not the right thing to do. Murder is not even controversial engagement but rather a forbidden crime. No rational human being would praise this terrible act. I believe that this is a trait fetched from the fantasy world where the most ferocious human beings emerge to be celebrated entities. Murder is only justified in imaginary movies. This violence has been replicated in the real world where people engage in fights for fame and material gains.
There is need to transform the fantastic world we are living into the real world which existed in the ancient days. Humans have to adopt the most suitable traits to fit in the real world. The rise in technology is advantageous when not misused. It should only be adopted for the human well being but not human destruction. Religion is sacred, but there is need to maintain its preeminence the human race has to hold on the most superior dictates; love, equity, and truthfulness.
Bradbury, Ray. The Veldt. Chicago: Amazon, 2008.
O’Connor, Flannery. A Good Man Is Hard to Find. England: Harcourt, Brace, and Company, 2010.