Analysis Of The Prose ' Little Bull ' Essay

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In the prose text Little Bull, Blair Yoxall uses references to the passage of time to draw attention to the aspects of morality that are mutable, as well as the inertia that is characteristic of others. In providing this perspective on the relationship between time and morality, Yoxall is able to demonstrate how the aspects of an individual’s morality that have the greatest tendency to change are those for which they will be held accountable by external sources. Accordingly, the exhibition of resistance to the development in moral standards is observed when accountability is no longer a factor. Therefore, the “moral compass” of an individual is calibrated based on the expectation of consequences for that individual, rather than the effects on others. If this were true, it could be predicted that the results of any development in one’s morality would be most beneficial to those who make the changes, but would not necessarily improve the effects upon the people whom the moral principle is meant to serve. The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines morality as a particular system of values and principles of conduct. According to this definition, morality is not necessarily an absolute standard of right and wrong, rather a set of values and behaviors that reflects the ideas regarding right and wrong that are generally accepted by either an individual or a group of individuals, and is therefore subject to change. The continual references to the passage of time and…

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