Comparing The Film Dead Man Walking The Works Of Aristotle And Plato

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Virtue ethics was born from the works of Aristotle and Plato. Virtue ethics focuses on a person’s character rather then the acts committed. The main goal of virtue ethics is finding happiness and becoming an excellent person. To become an excellent person, they must get rid of their vices and achieve more virtues. Vices are bad character traits about a person and virtues are good character traits. A person gets rid of their vices by following the example of an excellent person. For a person to get rid of a vice it must feel like they are doing the opposite vice. For example, if a person wants to get rid of the vice vanity and receive the virtue of pride it must feel like they are receiving the vice of humility. In the film Dead Man Walking the character of Sister Helen Prejean was a very ethical person. She had many virtues, she dedicated her life to social justice. Her work lead her to meet another character whose name was Matthew Poncelet. Poncelet has been on death row for six years for the murder of two teenagers. Unlike Sister Helen, Poncelet seems to have more vices then virtues. Virtue ethics is show all throughout this film through the eyes of both these characters. Sister Helen was Poncelet’s spiritual adviser she was the person he could share things with towards the end of his journey. In the film, Sister Helen tries to save Poncelet’s life by providing him a lawyer and going to court to try and fight the case. The death penalty is not something Sister Helen…

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