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Abes Neughebauer

1-10-14
English
B2

Integrity Essay

English class has truly opened my eyes to people of integrity, and why they fit the
meaning. Throughout the jovial year, I saw a copious amount of novels, short stories, and
personal examples, which are congenial paradigms concerning integrity. There have been
various trends in each individual of integrity, such as, they are martyrs, and have a mindset of
who they are. Hence, integrity is the adherence to moral and ethical principles, the soundness of
moral character, and honesty.
The Lord of the Flies oozes an abundance of acts of integrity, mostly commenced by
Ralph. Ralph was one of the boys who was trapped on the island, and made tough choices to
benefit the group. For example, when he became chief, he stated that the person holding the
conch would be the only one permitted to speak (23). Not only was he head strong, but he
followed his heart by giving encouraging, as well as, inspirational speeches. In the novel,
everyone admired and respected him (37). Through his determination to get off of the island, and
to follow his set of principles, concerning bravery, and helping others, he decided to tell
everyone to make a fire (38). By doing so, others would notice the loners on the deserted island,
and help, as well as, placate them. Throughout the entire book, Ralph stuck to his morals, and
learned that he had to be true to himself. For example, when Jack became a savage, and his choir
boys followed, Ralph remained strong and fought for himself, rather than succumb to Jacks
tyrannical rule (92). He was a strong activist for rules, and believed it held the group together
(92). Additionally, when Simon died, Ralph was highly emotional because it was cold blooded
murder, which was an act that Ralph would not commit due to his strong character. Lastly, when
Piggys glasses were stolen, Ralph went back to retrieve them. Therefore, Ralph stood against
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thievery, murder, no rules, and savagery, because he upheld to his principles of honesty, courage,
and strength.
A person who truly fits the meaning of integrity is Alexander Hamilton. He stuck to his
principles of honesty, courage, and moral values. Additionally, there are several paradigms that
profusely explain why he is an individual of integrity. First and foremost, Alexander Hamilton
remained dedicated to being brave. For example, he was willing to risk his own life to get ahead
in the world (110). He eventually became a patriot, and wrote essays signed A Friend to
America (27). By doing so, he adhered to his ideology of defending America. However, he still
longed for more. Thus, he joined a militia, who showed their loyalty by wearing hats inscribed
with the words, Liberty of Death (30). Then, he helped emancipate slaves, which showed his
valor and belief in equality. Not only was he a hero of war, he was also a main reason in the
creation of a successful America. In the early 1780s, he stated that we must secure our union on
solid foundations (46). Therefore, he gave a five hour speech, in which he advocated for a
strong central government (55). Moreover, when it had to be ratified, he remained close to his
principles, and did not give up. Therefore, he wrote eighty-five articles pushing for ratification,
known as The Federalist, and was ultimately victorious (59). Due to his diligence, his actions
were commemorated in the creation of The Hamilton, which was a ship in the parade celebrating
ratification. Nevertheless, he was also honest in admitting to having his affair with Maria
Reynolds (84). However, due to his candor, he was forgiven. Finally, on July 11, 1804, Aaron
Burr, who was his lifetime enemy, and Alexander Hamilton had a duel, where he said that he
would rather die than take another life (92). Hence, he did not fire, and was mortally wounded.
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Integrity Essay

In conclusion, he remained a person of integrity until his death, through his love for America,
and his fidelity to his convictions.
Throughout the year, there were countless stories that involve characters who meet the
definition of integrity. There are three short stories that expose integrity the best out of the
others. First and foremost, in The Lottery, the two individuals who show integrity are Old Man
Warner and Mr. Summers. Old Man Warner was a strong supporter of the Lottery because it
was tradition, which portrays integrity because he stayed true to his beliefs of continuing a
custom. Nevertheless, his polar opposite, who is Mr. Summers, believes that the practice should
continue, thereby enhancing his principle of being kind, and doing the best for the community.
Additionally, in The Scarlet Ibis, characters, who stood out, due to their adherence to their
principles, were Doodle, as well as, his brother. Although Doodle had problems with his health,
he still remained loyal to his ideals of determination and perseverance. On the other hand, his
brother was honest, and tried his best to help his brother, which shows a caring personality
because he did everything in his power to make Doodle have a better life. Lastly, in The Yellow
Wallpaper, the lady involved stayed true to her emotions, and was honest to those around her
about her feelings and wants, which definitely conveyed her principle of being true to those
around her. Therefore, short stories also convey crucial undertones of integrity; one simply has to
look for the deeper meanings within the words.
However, several individuals may believe that integrity is merely the action of
completing a benevolent act. Although that is part of integrity, it is not the whole idea. Through
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personal experience, I have learned that it is also doing what is right when no one is looking. For
example, when one helps others with no praise, that person has integrity. Thus, a counterclaim is
that integrity is just benefiting people, but it is also the act of doing it when no one is in the
vicinity of the action.
Each person of integrity is a symbol of morals, as well as, values. The essay provides
ambiguity, whereas one can compare each individual together. By doing so, one can analyze the
person in question, and find patterns. The illusive characteristics of the individuals shine through
in the document, and truly allow others to see the good in them. Finally, each person of integrity
definitely abides to the definition through their munificent acts, which bring felicity to all those
who are affected.