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Care Ethicist And Virtue Theorist Essay

1299 words - 6 pages

Care Ethicist and Virtue Theorist

     In my film analysis I will be discussing some of the fourteen principles of a satisfactory moral system and a good ethical decision. I will also discuss how some of the characters use the theory of care ethicist (care ethicist is to treat others as a human being fairly or equally) and virtue theorist (virtue theorist is doing the hard thing). My movie analysis is on John Q.

     John Q. Archibald (care ethicists) is an ordinary man who works at a factory and takes care of his family. His wife Denise and young son Michael are his world. But when Michael falls seriously ill and needs an emergency heart transplant operation that cost $250,000. John ...view middle of the document...

He feels they can do a better job in letting the community know about the different health plans, they can let the public know that HMO (medical coverage) is suited to pay there doctors not to test, because it would bring the cost down. As a result of there doctors not testing; the HMO give the doctors a big bonus at the end of the year. All John would have liked was for his boss and the people at the hospital to explain the different medical care services they have and try in the there best power to give Michael the transplant, so he gets an extra chance of living.

      With time and options running out, John makes a desperate gamble in hope that the doctors would perform the transplant by taking the emergency room hostage. While John was performing this terrible action he was not being a rational or reasonable person. He was not being a rational or reasonable person because he wants to do anything he can to keep his son alive. No one can relate to how he feels. He is in a whole different world. John sees this hostage situation as a way of the doctors doing what he says; by John taking these people hostages, John has no intentions on hurting them. He is out of control, but has a view of the overall picture. John knows by him putting his life on the line he has a chance for his son to live. John will do anything so that his son will live.

John Q. is a movie that has some ethical dilemmas in it. John Archibald was faced with the biggest situation to deal with. His son is on the verge of dying; if John does not come up with $250,000 for a heart transplant. Mr. Archibald did what he felt was the best thing to do at that time; holding people hostage. He was absolutely wrong for keeping those people hostage. There are no words to justify what he did. John should have handled the situation much differently than keeping innocent people hostage. John should have gone to the media. He should have gone to the mayor, government, and congressman. He should have done that to let the public know that he was being treated unfairly. John actions were not handled properly; he was not an ethical person at all by performing the actions he did.

     John Q.,also had a virtue theorist person in the movie name Dr. Truner. Dr. Truner is a heart surgeon, who had the duty to explain to John Archibald that he has to come up with $250,000 for his son’s transplant. Dr. Turner is a man of self-respect and honesty. As much as John wants Dr. Truner to perform the surgery to keep Michael...

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