Aristotle & I Remember Mama Essay

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Philosophy Through Film | Aristotle & “I Remember Mama” 1. In Aristotle, the good of man is described as final and self-sufficient. That is, the chief good is something final. This relates well to Uncle Chris throughout the movie. Everyone was scared of him – he drank, he drove fast and was quite brash. However, when he died, his nieces discovered that there was no inheritance, because he had been donating it to children with leg problems so that they didn’t grow up and limp as he did. No one knew, until that moment, that he was spending his money on children that he didn’t even know (aside from his nephew) so that they didn’t suffer the pain that he did. These donations were his chief good, and he could be described…show more content…
For example, when Mama spends Saturday evening counting the money that Papa has brought home and divvying it among their bills, the kids are always as relieved as Mama that they don’t have to go to the bank. Only later did we find out that there was never a bank, but Mama didn’t want to unnecessarily worry her children. They were, after all, only children. Mama was always willing to do anything to make her children happy, including selling the brooch that was her mother’s in order to get Katrin the dresser set that she had been eyeing for her graduation gift. When Christine told Katrin, it was Christine that was admonished – Mama, again, didn’t want to worry her children. Finally, when Aunt Trina came to tell Mama about wanting to marry Mr. Thorkelson, Mama took matters into her own hands because Aunt Trina was afraid her sisters would laugh at her. Mama threatened to tell her sisters’ secrets rather than let her timid sister be laughed at. 4. Also in Book II, Aristotle states that to live a morally virtuous life one must avoid excess and defect. Drinking (or eating) above a certain amount destroys the health. This is proven in Uncle Chris dying of the DTs. Although Uncle Chris was a good man, he had vices and believed in indulging himself in pleasures, whether it be drinking, driving fast or the pleasure of a woman. This last one, however, was once again perception, as they had been
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