Good And Evil Essay

920 words - 4 pages

Good & Evil
Capella University
April 2014

For my paper on good and evil, I chose to analyze the movie Casablanca. In this black and white film produced in 1942, Rick Blaine (played by Humphrey Bogart) an exiled American, and a former freedom fighter , runs the most popular nightclub in town. He meets the stunning Ilsa Lund (played by Ingrid Bergman), and they fall in love. The twist comes when we discover that Ilsa is in fact married to another man, Victor Laszlo (played by Paul Henreid) who is believed to have been killed previously in a Nazi concentration camp. Victor leads the Nazi underground resistance and is wanted by the Germans. When Ilsa discovers that ...view middle of the document...

It was not until later that his character shifted gears falling under the philosophy of Mills , looking to help the greater good . In this way , Rick Blaine was the embodiment of both Kant and Mills theories. Victor Laszlo better fits mills utilitarian views , by working for the resistance and providing the greatest good or happiness for the greatest number of people.
Deontological ethics (duty based ethics) are concerned with what people do, not with the consequences of their actions. Under this form of ethics , you can’t justify an action by showing that it produced good consequences. Duty based ethics teaches that some acts are right or wrong because of the sorts of things they are, and people have a duty to act accordingly, regardless of good or bad consequences (BBC,2013) Someone who follows duty based ethics should do the right thing, even if that produces more harm than doing the wrong thing, for example , in Kant’s view , it would be wrong to tell a lie , even if it saved a friend from being murdered.
Consequentialism (result based ethics) is based on two principles; whether an act is right or wrong depends only on the results of that act and the more good consequences an act produces, the better or more right that act is. The classic form of result based ethics is utilitarianism. This says that the ethically right choice in a given situation is the one that produces the most happiness and the last unhappiness for the largest number of people.
The characters in the movie Casablanca exemplify both good and evil. Rick , who starts out cynical, cold, bitter and self-serving, ...

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