The Movie Cool Hand Luke

988 WordsJan 30, 20184 Pages
The movie Cool Hand Luke, has ethical and moral dilemmas that encourage the audience to delve deeper into the roles that ethics and morals play in society today. There are ethical and moral dilemmas that the characters face and for that historical and social time period there were viable solutions. There are moral values that guide the characters and historical experiences that shaped them. After a brief summary I will show two moral dilemmas, their outcome and alternatives. Also relating the dilemmas to articles by Selective Moral Disengagement in the Exercise of Moral Agency by Albert Bandura and Investigating Social Dynamics: Power, Conformity, and Obedience by Philip Zimbardo. A brief summary of this film includes these main characters, Luke, Dragline, Boss Godfrey, Boss Paul, and Boss Shorty. Luke is thrown in prison for two years for cutting the tops off of parking meters. Once Luke is at the prison he sees Dragline, is the leader and the other prisoners relent to his supposed authority. Luke and Dragline have a boxing match because Luke doesn’t follow his leadership. Dragline outweighing Luke beats him to a pulp and Luke refuses to stay down. Eventually Dragline respects him and walks away. Luke is given hard work in the chain-gang he is apart of, tarring roads, pulling weeds, this continues for hours and hours. The warden uses “the box” to punish the prisoners locking them in what could barely be called a closet for days. Luke’s mother dies and he is put in the
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