Conscience: Beowulf and Powerful Motivator

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Lisa Li SAT Essay 08/09/11

Prompt: A mistakenly cynical view of human behavior holds that people are primarily driven by selfish motives: the desire for wealth, for power, or for fame. Yet history gives us many examples of individuals who have sacrificed their own welfare for a cause or a principle that they regarded as more important than their own lies. Conscience-that powerful inner voice that tells us what is right and what’s wrong-can be a more compelling force than money, power, or fame.

Assignment: Is conscience a more powerful motivator than money, fame, or power? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from reading studies, experiences, or observations.

Outline: Thesis statement: Conscience is a less powerful motivator than money, fame, and power. Examples: (Regarding to the prompt) To show that conscience is the second important motivator. (Regarding to the assignment) To show that the desire of money, fame and power is a more powerful motivator. Macbeth power)

Beowulf (fame Entrepreneur (money or profit)

Essay: Conscience or Desire? All human beings are self-centered creatures. We consider about ourselves in the first place. However, there are always quite a few “self-deceptive” people claim that conscience, the main inner voice that evaluates the standard of good and evil, is a more powerful motivator than the strong desire from the deep inside of our hearts. Apparently, as men who are at least warmhearted, we do feel the sympathy or the need of help in some cases. However, we have to admit that we consider about ourselves in the first place. The question that often pops in everyone’s head before the real action is: What can this possibly bring to me? Do I need to sacrifice anything? After the consideration, some quit because of the fear of losing, some stay because of the temptation of getting a reward in any forms of money, fame or power....
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