Emperor's Club Ethics Analysis

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“The Emperor’s Club” is filled with many elements of Aristotle Virtue Ethics. The main character of the film, Mr. Hundert, strives to mold the boys he teaches into young men using the Classics to educate them with the virtues.
Virtue Ethics relies directly on the agent. One quote from the movie, “A man’s character is his fate” demonstrates this. This quote shows us that our own fate is decided upon ourselves. The decisions we make in our lives, based on the usage or lack of the virtues, molds our character. Our own success in life comes from our ability to be virtuous people, so it is up to each person whether they want to live a life of virtue. Through the character of Sedgwick, we can see how a man’s character is his fate. When Sedgwick
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Benedict’s not caring about school and develops as a person without virtue, giving much disappointment to Mr. Hundert who feels it is his responsibility to help mold every student. Years later, however, Sedgwick invites Mr. Hundert and his old classmates for a rematch of the Mr. Caesar contest. Sedgwick has a successful career, a nice family, and seems to have changed his foolish ways. Yet, at the rematch, Mr. Hundert observes Sedgwick cheating again. In a later scene with Mr. Hundert, Sedgwick reveals that he did indeed cheated and that he will do the same in his run for senate. Sedgwick is an example of a man’s character is his fate because his lack of virtue as a teen developed him into a man without virtue. His deceptive character results in his own poor fate as a virtue-less adult who will do whatever is possible to get to the top. The quote, “It is not living that is important, but living well,” is something that Sedgwick unfortunately does not understand. On the outside, his life may seem picture-perfect because of his success, but does that success mean anything if it is done out of …show more content…
The movie says: “The end depends on the beginning.” In the film we learn that Sedgwick has an awful father. Sedgwick’s father is dishonest, rude, and virtue-less. This is the example that is set for Sedgwick, so how can we blame him to be a bad person if he had a bad father influencing him as he was growing up? The earlier quote, “The end depends on the beginning,” attempts to demonstrate that Sedgwick is just an unfortunate result from his bad father. However, it is important to note that Mr. Hundert also mentions that he had a bad father as a child. We do not know as many details about his father, but we can conclude that both had similar childhoods, and yet they have completely different characters. So, I think Sedgwick is responsible for his actions despite his poor upbringing because Mr. Hundert is an example of how you can still develop to be a virtuous

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