Ethical Dilemma In The Book Of Esther

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Ethical Dilemma in the Book of Esther
This paper will summarize the book of Esther, chapters 1-10, from the Life Application Study Bible. Additionally, this paper will discuss the ethical issues within the book of Esther and the outcomes of the ethical decisions made by Esther, King Xerxes I, Haman, and Mordecai. I will apply the appropriate ethical theories to catalog values displayed in the passage. Further, an explanation as to how the passage relates to nursing practice, the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics, and my personal practice will be provided. Additionally, the Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) world changer characteristic demonstrated by the people in the book of Esther will be identified. Finally, the Six-Step
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The first dilemma pertained to Vashti and Xerxes. Vashti chose to exercise her autonomy (her personal self-determination) when she refused Xerxes’ summons to be presented to the male nobles at his banquet. Vashti’s decision led Xerxes to exercise paternalism, making decisions for someone else, which set off a chain of events that led to Vashti’s deposition as queen and Esther’s coronation as queen. Throughout the book of Ether, Xerxes, as king, employed paternalism to those he ruled. The principle of autonomy is lacking in the ancient world. The next ethical principle pertains to Xerxes, Mordecai, and Esther. Xerxes and Mordecai superseded Esther’s autonomy with paternalism, when it was decided that she would join the beautiful females from the empire to tempt the king to marriage. Following this, Xerxes made the decision to make Esther queen of his …show more content…
As a nurse, when looking for justice for all parties involved, this outcome is truly unjust toward the people who depended on the men who were killed by the Jewish men. This outcome leaves thousands of women and children, assuming that they were not killed with their men, without a source of protection and livelihood. In essence, there could have been many more deaths that can be laid at the feet of the Jewish people. I think a better scenario would have been to rescind the law Haman had put into place instead of authorizing the mass killing that

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