Andrea Yates truly believes that she killed her children to keep them from a living hell.

Andrea Yates truly believes that she killed her children to keep them from a living hell.

Shattered Righteousness Andrea Yates truly believes that she killed her children to keep them from a living hell. Jack Kevorkian assists terminally ill patients in suicide and claims that he is only helping them complete their final wishes. Both individuals claim to be virtuous individuals helping others in need. Society vehemently disagrees as they both sit in prison cells. Similarly the widow in “The Widow of Ephesus” cloaks her true intentions by convincing herself that her actions are for a noble cause. Several of her actions paint a lady hardly nobler than Yates and Kevorkian. The widow ignores that being virtuous not only pertains to your individual intentions but also requires upholding a society’s values. The widow’s actions in the tomb leave no doubt about her character as the story states “And the victorious soldier gained both his ends”. To succumb to sexual fires in a tomb next to your recently deceased husband can hardly be considered moral and instead borders sick behavior. Although virtues may not be strong enough to hold back sexual passion forever, it is extremely disturbing that she can leave to explore her feelings at any time and chooses not to. Instead she selfishly fulfills her sexual hunger inside the tomb ignoring that a tomb is a place of mourning. The widow puts her husband’s body on the crucifix in order to save her new lover from death. At first glance this seems very noble. Extremely subtle is that her actions indicate she is more concerned about losing him because of self centered reasons. She says, “I should at one and the same time look on the corpses of two men, both most dear to me”. There is certainly no shame in trying to save another human’s life regardless of the reason. It is not okay to step on moral values to carry out your intentions. Perhaps there are other ways she could intervene to convince a judge of her new lover’s …


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