Aristotelian Ethics In Aristotle's Billy Budd

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Ethics Happiness by living a good life is the objective that we should be aiming as humans, is one of the main point made by Greek philosopher Aristotle. Everything we do in our day-to-day activities should be towards happiness. Happiness is the only mean to an end itself. Claggart’s actions are ultimately motivated by his suppression of his homosexual desires, can also show us an important inside in Aristotelian ethics. The inside is that the Aristotelian goal of having a well-lived human life becomes impossible if one do not live in a way consistent with who he truly is. Aristotle argues that to be happy, one needs to live a completely human life in accordance with virtue. Virtues emphasize the good characteristics of our behavior. A …show more content…
CLAGGART, is a fictional character and as one Melville can be give him any characteristics, but it’s a role as a human being. Human’s cannot be pure evil, therefore in the next paragraphs I will disagree with critics that concluded that Claggart action were FUNDED in his pure EVILNESS. Instated, he acted as a result of a lifetime of hiding his AUTHENTIC SELF. His past is not mentioned in the story and there’s a possibility that Melville omitted this information to avoid being explicit regarding the taboo theme of homosexuality, by hiding Claggart’s sexual …show more content…
Which is becoming an excellent man by acquiring virtues throughout one’s life and perfecting these virtues. Everyone is good at different things; therefore, there is not specific set of traits for someone to become an excellent human being. Claggart has a disciplinary role in the Bellipotent, as a MASTER_IN-ARMS he acquires different traits that can be admired by others. In the novel, he put his military values aside when he lied about Billy’s actions. But this is not his problem; his problem is that everything he does is covering his true feelings. Virtues build in one’s life just to act apart with society do not help someone to be happy, the effect is the opposite. For Claggart trying to create any virtues end up being wrong and destroying

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