Unformatted text preview: ways, she goes on to justify her past actions as being the product of youth and a cheerful mind. This type of strategy is also symbolic of Eliza’s intellect because she is able to covertly pardon her past as if there was nothing morally wrong with her actions. Eliza seems to exhibit somewhat amoral beliefs about her actions and sees no harm in what she has done in the past or in what she will continue to do in the future. Eliza enters back into her old niche in society, and it is not long before she is again confronted by the prospect of marriage. Rev. J. Boyer is the first suitor to appear in the story, and his actions are consistent with the traditional man of the time. Boyer seems to contain the ideal traits of any man, for he is honorable, caring, and virtuous as a whole. In fact all of the characters, except for Eliza, believe that he would make an excellent suitor. Lucy Freeman remarks...
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- Spring '07
- Ethics , Eliza, Moral nihilism