Analysis Of Thomas Hobbes 's ' The Leviathan ' Essay

1148 Words Jul 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
Humanity, at its roots are a skittish, distrustful bunch, whom given the proper provocation, can lash out at their closest friends or form pacts with their mortal enemies. This is the nature that Thomas Hobbes describes in his reading “Leviathan”, which is his thesis on the nature of humans in regards to one and other, as well as their motives for the treatment they give. In mythology, a Leviathan is a massive sea beast described in the Christian Bible, and in his novel Hobbes draws parallels between this massive beast and human nature, describing humanity as an ultimately selfish and gluttonous creature who serves only itself. This reading provided by Hobbes is a valid and very insightful claim based around real human behaviours and how our mistrust of one and other clearly resonates in actions that seem otherwise monotonous or normal. In chapter thirteen of his thesis, he goes to great pains to describe the nature of humans when faced with competition, whether it is in minor details or in raging warfare.

The reading cites many different human behaviours that nearly every human find them self a victim of (unless you are truly naïve or overtly trusting). He begins with the broad statement that all human being are born equal one way or another, and if one man bests another in strength, than the bested man may surpass the former in intelligence or wit. In paragraph three, line one Hobbes out right states ‘From this equality of ability ariseth equality of hope in the…

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