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In The Mysterious Stranger Mark Twain portrays a society so dependent on outside sources for guidance that the majority of Eseldorfs citizens do not have independent thought This reliance is what eventually ruins many of the residents lives and Satan merely serves to elucidate their foolish behavior Though it is a much more modern time and setting The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg is the same idea in a more modern time and setting The inhabitants of Hadleyburg are not without corruption simply temptation and the strangers scheme only function to induce the true nature of the town Awareness breeds independent thought and without knowledge it is very difficult to have awareness The citizens are forced into ignorance because knowledge was not good for the common people and could make them discontented with the lot which God had appointed for them and God would not endure discontentment with His plans279 They are taught to be followers of God and all that s ymbolizes Him and His power which leads to the importance they place on the idea of Moral Sense Moral Sense is the faculty which enables us to distinguish good from evil however Eseldorfs citizens only know what is religiously virtuous so this is how they define Moral Sense The people think that their freewill is what separates them from the beasts but they do not have enough understanding of reality outside their village to utilize their freewill All the decisions they make are based on their belief of Gods will for them and are not really their own Satans visit demonstrates to the people the effects of Moral Sense on their community By interacting with different citizens like Marget Ursula and the boys he unearths numerous facets of human weakness like foolish little feelings and foolish little vanities and impertinences and ambitions326 These are innate qualities in all human behavior that corrupt Moral Sense but until Satan presents them the people do not
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