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Morals Where do you draw the line Are you willing to give up something you love over some newfound morals Maybe you wouldnt but Goodman Brown and Hashim are willing to throw it all away In the two stories The Prophets Hair and Young Goodman Brown we can see how religious morals play an important role in the outcome of the story In each of these stories the main character has a sudden and meaningful religious experience Although the validity of each experience is rather questionable it brings about a real change in the attitude and actions of the main character In the first story the main character Hashim not a God-fearing man but is living honorably in the world Rushdie 793 When Hashim stumbles upon the prophet Mohammads hair this religious treasure changes him from the nice guy to a crazed religiously moral maniac He changes from a man of little to no faith to forcing his family to pray five times a day The Prophets hair makes Hashim think that he is the moral authority He goes as far to try and cut off a mans hand because he is delinquent with his payment He calls this man a thief of other mens money Rushdie 796 Hashim becomes intolerant of others moral states His ability to reason with others is lost because now his moral standards are so high that he cannot stand anybody else He continues to lose his family by feeling the need to release the skeletons from his closet He tells of his sins of cheating on his wife the shame of his stupid son and his discontent with his unveiled daughter In a situation like this is the person who is morally right justified Society has taught us that what is religiously correct is right Well Hashim was following his societys guide to morals the Koran Being of the Christian faith and an American this appears harsh
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