Ethical dilemmas are often portrayed in movies. The Ethical Dilemma Movie Writing Assignments require students to access a movie from the list (ARSENIC AND LOVE LACE) and then write an analysis of the film identifying each character listed in the syllabus for that movie with one ethical system. At times, characters will change ethical systems, and students are expected to list that change. Students must explain why they have associated a particular character with an ethical system.
All Movie Assignments must adhere to the below specifications:
The paper must be at least 600 words in length. Papers below the required length will be assessed a penalty.
Papers will contain the following sections:
Specific characters in each movie are listed below and an analysis of their conduct according to the following ethical systems ONLY ethical formalism, utilitarianism, religion, natural law, ethics of virtue, ethics of virtue, egoism, and ethics of care. Do not use any other ethical system. Watch the movie and listen closely.
These assignments require the same APA format requirements as do the other writing assignments.
There must be at least one paraphrased citation in each paragraph of the paper except for the Abstract and Conclusion letting the reader know the source of the information contained in that paragraph.
These solutions may offer step-by-step problem-solving explanations or good writing examples that include modern styles of formatting and construction of bibliographies out of text citations and references. Students may use these solutions for personal skill-building and practice. Unethical use is strictly forbidden.Arsenic and Old Lace: Ethical Systems in a Dark Comedy
Arsenic and Old Lace is a dark comedy -- a farce which makes comedy of dark topics such as serial killers, euthanasia, and inept law enforcement. It concludes with the arrest of a criminally insane murderer, the escape of the murderer’s accomplice, and the committing of three adults to an insane asylum, two elderly and guilty of taking multiple lives. Decisions made by the five central characters are driven by the ethical framework in which each operates, though, for several of these characters, multiple ethical systems come into play at different points as the story unfolds.
The movie was directed by the acclaimed director Frank Capra, based on the then popular Broadway play staring Boris Karloff, and written by Joseph Kesselring. It was filmed in 1941 and released in 1944, after the stage play’s run ended. It has aged well with good notices then and now, from “good macabre fun” (New York Times, 1944) to “riotously funny” (T.V. Guide in Rotten Tomatoes, 2007)....
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