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Ethics and Morality an understanding of concepts with SatyaDas and other Literary Characters
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The Story Raghunath, running a small shop in a small town, is contented  with earning his frugal living. He is religious in outlook and compassionate towards others.  One afternoon, when it is raining, an old man, poor vendor of  herbs named Satyadas comes to his shop. He is running high temperature. Raghunath provides him food  and shelter. In the morning, the visitor is again provided hospitality.  He then leaves for another destination leaving behind (may be  inadvertently) a pouch containing six gold coins and a ring  studded with gems.
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The Story (Contd.) Raghunath waits for him for several months to return and then  on the persuasion of his wife Jamuna, he sells the contents of  the pouch one by one, sets up a bigger shop and builds a  comfortable house for himself to live in.  He starts life with dignity in the society. One fine day,  suddenly, Satyadas makes his appearance. Raghunath is shocked. He is not as hospitable as before. On the  contrary, he thinks as if a devil has turned up and wishes that  he would leave at the earliest. 
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The Story (Contd.) As Satyadas is about to leave, conscientious Raghunath asks;  "did you leave behind something here when you visited last  time?" Satyadas says: "I don't know. But God knows  everything.“ The story ends here leaving Raghunath with a deep sense of  guilt and remorse. Where did he go wrong?
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The Interpretation of the Story
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The Underlying Theme
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The Ethical Dilemma for Raghu • The story sees the transformation of Raghu from an  honest humble man to a greedy dishonest man • The main dilemma he faced was: – The dilemma of  being  – of being responsible to Satyadas,a  member of the larger society  – The dilemma of  being honest  – of respecting the property  of Satyadas and guarding it until it was returned – The dilemma of  accepting his mistake  when Satyadas  returns 
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Ethics cannot provide unambiguous principles . In it there are only the conflicts, the paradoxes, and the dilemmas.
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