Analysis Of Conscience By Louisa Thomas
This makes it so that in Conscience, the most relatable character is in fact Norman Thomas. This could be because he is the figure whom is mentioned the most, however, his personality leads one to believe that it is because of the fluidity of his conscience. His morals are a constant struggle in this time of war and by the end, his beliefs are battered, both in socialism and Christianity. Still, he found socialism to be the best possible way of creating a better world and his faith in God remained, simply pushed to the back of his mind as he focused on political ideals. Norman Thomas would go on to run for president of the United States under the Socialist party six times. Louisa Thomas writes that, “[Norman] had not yet given up on Christianity altogether, still remembering the sense of God’s blessing. He still considered religion to be the basis for his pacifism, and he still talked about socialism as a kind of ethical Christianity.” One can relate to the many aspects of his morality. These traits make him inherently human, instead of a historical character viewed through the lens of a book, one can view him as the person he was.
This moral struggle also tells of Norman’s changing loyalty. First, he was wholly with his family and their ideals. Then, he mixed his family’s morals with his education. The line blurs even more from there- one could say that the only person who had his full loyalty at that point was God and even still, Norman’s loyalty did not remain entirely in His hands for much longer. His faith diminished and his loyalty was only to himself and his