The Importance Of Moral Values In Western Film

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To understand “moral values” in American life, the text presented in this course is sufficient in presenting reasonable argument to support their claims. But to me the best at doing so is Locke. But the reason I think this is because the competing ideas between John Locke and Thomas Hobbs. Although they have these competing ideas, the logic is clear. And I believe that both of these political philosopher’s ideas are actually represented in “Stagecoach”. Throughout this paper I will discuss Locke vs Hobbs and I will discuss how Locke and Hobbs apply to western films like “Stagecoach”. While Locke and Hobbs have these competing views, Rousseau can show us a view of an individual that has not lived in a democracy. His unique perspective of democracy is worth recognition because he can compare a Democracy and an Aristocracy which can help us understand moral values of “American …show more content…
I believe this mainly because of his interpretation of a “State of Nature”. He believes that in a “State of Nature”, life has the potential to be brutish but not certainly cruel. He also believes that life possess perfectibility. But the most accurate idea that describes the United States is that people are bad because of society. Society makes people bad because people are always acting in their own self interests. So, people will act in a manner that may or may not have any good intentions. To me, Rousseau is the middle ground between Hobbes and Locke. Locke believes people are naturally good but need an authority force to keep them from fighting amongst themselves. Rousseau believed that people are bad because of society but that life is not particularly nasty as Hobbes believes. And Hobbes believes that people are naturally bad and that life is “brutish, nasty and

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