Deceived or lazy?
Posted by Constanza on June 18, 1998 at 18:17:57:
In response to Sir Thomas learns from his mistakes..., written by Lea on June 17, 1998 at 13:59:35
] Here are some of the things I find wrong in his character (before he learns from his mistakes:
I was overlooking the "learning" part. Sir Thomas is an "evolving" character and I think that that is very important.
He sees that his children are educated properly (Maria and Julia can
] put together a map of Europe and name the kings of England), but they
] have not learned the most important things of all -- God's eternal principles for right behavior.
Is he taking in by an appearance of "goodness", does he believe that "good breeding" implies "goodness" or is he just too lazy to go to the bottom of things?
Perhaps he takes for granted that these eternal principles are being instilled in his children by Mrs. Norris, the preacher, etc. but obviously does not take as active a part in this process as he should. Or perhaps, he himself doesn't value these eternal principles as he should until he sees the bad results of not following them (i.e. Maria's desertion of his husband and Tom's abuse of alcohol, gaming, irresponsibility, selfish extravagance, etc.)
Or both, perhaps? The big question is, why would a person who can tells right from wrong does not take steps in order that his own children may do the same?
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