I need this paper to be 4 to 6 pages i was reading the scarlet letter on morality this is the second part of the paper dealing with ann hutchinson
The Oxford English Dictionary defines the noun, ethics (which is the plural of ethic), as “the rules of conduct recognized in certain associations or departments of human life.” Many people think of ethics and morality interchangeably. For the purposes of this class, however, we are going differentiate between the terms ethics and morality by using their meanings in the strictest sense.
Recall that “morals” refers to personal codes of conduct; on the other hand, “ethics” refers to social (or societal) rules or laws governing the behaviors of the members of society. Thus in the definition above, ethics refers to “the rules of conduct,” or the way of behaving, as dictated by “certain associations or departments of human life.” Those “associations” could be a church or religious establishment, a school, club, or other human group which features a set of rules by which its members live, work, or function while engaged in an activity for that establishment. For example the rules of behavior for members of a church are very from the rules of behavior on a baseball field. The rules of a church are very different from the rules of the state in the U.S., although they are exactly the same in a theocracy, where the church and the state are one and the same. This was the case in the actual time of Anne Hutchinson and in the fictional time of Hester Prynne.
People of different religions have different sets of ethical rules that they follow, which leads to many conflicts in a country (such as the U.S.) which has citizens of many different religions that its laws must negotiate. That is the struggle we see, and will probably continue to see, in questions such as those on abortion, the death penalty, and the right to die.
When a person’s moral code is aligned with his or her ethics, the world is a comfortable place; when one’s morals clash with the ethical code of the establishment or government in which a person lives, often a person must make a choice between what the government/group dictates and what he or she believes to be right. Notable cases of ethics versus morals occurred when individuals in Nazi Germany spoke out or, in the case of Schindler (of Schindler’s List) acted against the Nazis murdering of Jews; when Anne Hutchinson spoke out against the mistreatment of women in New England; and when Edward Snowden leaked classified documents about government surveillance.
The chart at diffen.com (http://www.diffen.com/difference/Ethics_vs_Morals) gives a good comparison and contrast between the concept of Ethics and Morals as we are using these concepts in this course.
Remember, the rule of thumb is when the character’s actions are only determined by what he has known and experienced in his life, moral principles are in question .When a group or government is dictating the way a person should act, questions of ethics are being raised. When ethics and morals come into conflict, people must make decisions about whether to act morally or ethically. Those types of decisions make for great literature.