The Meanness of Man Persuasive Essay by Top Papers

The Meanness of Man
A discussion on the influence of the powerful to interfere with human rights, based on Hawthorne's "A Scarlet Letter".
# 140404 | 1,500 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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The paper focuses on Nadia Preisner's T-shirt which had a starving child from Darfur holding a Louis Vuitton handbag. This paper links this subject--man's inability to cope and the turning one's back on human conditions--with Hawthorne's "A Scarlet Letter". Using some insights from Machiavelli, Locke, Rousseau and J.S. Mill about the human condition, the link also alludes to the essential meanness of Man and the need for one out of many to speak out against injustice.

From the Paper:

"Throughout history, the individual has been tested against society as a whole. Sometimes heroes are those whose voioces are heard and who can change the direction of the many. Sometimes, artistic expression targets inequities in our world. While the two seem to be totally different, the T-shirt designed by Nadia Peisner depicting a starving child from Darfur holding what seems to be a Louis Vuitton handbag, and the ill-fated Hester Prynne, ostracized by a closed-minded society for her relationship with her pastor have one thing in common: the influence of the powerful to interfere with human rights. Hester's scarlet "A" damns her for a single..."

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