A Slave 's Moral Principle Of Right And Wrong That Are Accepted By An Individual

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Celia, A Slave

Morality is apprehended as principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual. There are principles that are universal. Presumably stealing is accepted as morally wrong, as well as lying, cheating and etcetera. However, there are also moral principles that vary for various reasons such as difference in culture, values and social mores. The perception towards slavery back in 1850 is one great example of these differences in moral principles. Some people, most prevalent in the North, viewed slavery as a sinful act. Northerners did not believe in using people by means of human chattel. In oppose to that view, Southerner’s viewed slavery as an advantage to the economy and a great contribution in making farmer’s life more efficient. At the time, Southerners believed that owning slaves was nothing but a business rather than an iniquitous deed. Certainly, there were situations where not all people agree on a common moral principle. These differences were prevalent especially in Celia’s life, an enslave women convicted for murdering her sexually abusive master, along with two notable people on her trial, William Hall and George. The life of Celia illustrated how moral justification was regarded practically. Celia’s murder of her sexually abusive master was considered morally unjustified. The mortifying events in her life may have had a profound effect on her psychologically that resulted on the moral choices she had taken. Prior to the day Celia was…

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