Essay on Mercy in The Wind by Stephens and Eight O'Clock by Housman
Does humankind have the same characteristics as nature, or does it merely possess a small portion of nature’s greatness? Nature and humankind can be cruel in their own ways; however, humankind feels guilt for its actions, while nature does not. Both may appear beautiful at times, but nature and humankind can become fierce destroyers when put in certain situations. Humans often feel guilty for their actions and become merciful, while nature, on the other hand, has no mercy.
The distribution of death upon the human race has and always will be a big issue. The merciless effects of nature have only been temporarily blocked or prevented by humankind, but never overpowered. …show more content…
"Eight O'Clock" by A. E. Housman is an account of a man who is awaiting his execution by hanging. In his last moments alive, the man curses his luck for being in such a situation. This man does not feel sorry for what he has done; consequently demonstrating that he possessed no mercy for the event that put judgement upon his head. The citizens felt that this man should be punished for his crime, and he ultimately receives the punishment of death. It is not made known what actions brought upon this terrible consequence, only the punishment remains and therefore demonstrates the merciless actions that humans can also possess. The actions of these people clearly state that humankind is capable of demonstrating no mercy. However, these feelings of hate and revenge are only temporary and are lawfully left in the hands of those that have been chosen to be the rulers of the land. Having the capability to fluctuate the level of mercy that is applied in certain situations has become an art form amongst humans. "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." Christians have been taught to love their neighbors, but when is it necessary to break these traditional bonds and become merciless? The laws of