How do conflicts affect your moralities and make them good/bad? How do they relate to Macbeth and Inherit the Wind?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would probably answer that I find the inverse of the statement more true.  I think the one's value system or set of core beliefs helps to guide one through conflicts.  On some level, the resolution to these conflicts might be assisted through the presence of one's set of moralities guiding them through the particular conflict or crisis.  In a very reductive way, this can be applied to both of the dramas mentioned.  One might argue that Macbeth's lack of moral structure, lack of a clear and transparent value set, allowed him to embrace a path of moral depravity and allowed him to be so easily malleable at the hands of the Witches and Lady Macbeth.  In contrast, Bert Cates possessed his clear vision of what he wanted to teach and in what he wanted to believe.  He uses this as a guide through the challenges of the Hillsboro community and trial.  Drummond's core values of protecting the sovereign right for individuals to think and reason freely also helps guide his struggle at the trial to eventual victory.

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