Morality Apart From Opinion: "Borders" vs. "The Possibility of Evil".

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Philosophers agree on something called "objective moral values". By that, they mean that certain things are right and wrong, whether or not people believe they are right or wrong. Though humans are created uniquely with different characters, these distinctive personalities must be expressed creatively under the same universal standard of morality. The conduct of any one individual should not escape the whispers of morality's calling. In the two short stories of "Borders" and "The Possibility of Evil", there are two characters who are reasonably similar in personality. But one could see that although both characters believed themselves to be right, only one was planted in the fertile soil of morality. This can be seen through the differences in their thoughts, their behaviour, and through the events that came as a result of what they believed to be right.

The Mother from "Borders" and Miss Strangeworth from "The Possibility of Evil" prove to be at first, similar in their thoughts.

They both had pride in who they were, which encompassed their own identity as well as their family's identity. The Mother took great pride in belonging to the Native tribe of Blackfoot, and Miss Strangeworth was proud of belonging to a family who stayed in the same town for over a century. As a result of this pride, both had a strong sense of who they were. Their pride shaped their outlook on themselves. The Mother's pride led her to believe she was as equal as anybody and should receive the same treatment. She believed that she should be allowed across the border as a Blackfoot, and not as a Canadian or American. On the other hand, Miss Strangeworth's pride led her to believe she was better than others around her. This was observed in a...