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The Emperor's Club Ethical review movie

Updated on March 2, 2011

The movie "The Emperor's Club" presents various situations involving the choice between reason (what is right, fair) and heart (feelings, which are not always correct).

The story is set in a boarding school for boys. Mr.. Hundert is an experienced history teacher who tries to spend all their teachings and beliefs to their students. The college has its very interesting philosophy and motto: "Not for himself" which meant that the knowledge learned in college should be useful to people first, "The end depends upon the beginning" that sentence could be considered the central theme of the film, because the teacher's choice affected the rest of the story.

In the first lesson of Mr.. Hundert, a phrase that was marked was "ambition and conquest without contribution is meaningless." This sentence is very valuable, especially in biological science courses, such as Biomedicine, where any contribution, any move should be accomplished to the benefit only for humans.

Other phrases cited in the classroom that involve ethical issues were: "We have to be rich in spirit" and "a man's character is his fate."

There comes a day then, that Mr.. Hundert know the new student, Sedgewick Bell, son of the Senator. Bell is a boy who is not interested in the subject and inevitably rubs against the teacher. In a discussion between Mr.. Hundert and Bell is evident that the mentality of the two are different, while the teacher Socrates quotes where he said that "the important thing is not to live is to live righteously," the student cited the case of Brutus and Mark Antony, where the first could have assumed power not to think about the "right" and "wrong."

The teacher then decides to talk with the parent of Bell. How great was his disappointment to learn that the Senator, Bell's father, had a mentality like that of the son, not really interested in the matter of the teacher and underestimating the contribution that would give his son's life. In this part of the movie, a fact that stands out is the speech that Senator who would shape the character of him and Bell was not the teacher.

The teacher then decides to adopt a new strategy, supporting Bell Tournament Julius Caesar contest, held annually to elect the best student of knowledge of the story. During the first stage of the competition Mr. Hundert notes that Bell is gradually improving and he is very happy about that. It's time to check the results to choose the three best students in the first phase, will pass them on to the next phase. Hundert to correct notes that Bell was in fourth place and very close to third place. Then comes the choice that could change history for better or worse. Mr. Hundert should tamper with Bell to note that this pass to the next phase? Acting through the heart Hundert changes the outcome of Bell calling him, thinking that the student deserved for their efforts and improvement.

During the second phase of questions, Mr.. Hundert notes that Bell is cheating. He warns the director, but this demands that he just ignore and continue with the questions, because Bell was the son of the Senator. Often the money, popularity is above honesty. This time, Hundert and Bell does not help a question that was not expected. Bell misses and loses the competition.

Twenty-five years later, the school principal dies. Hundert is the favorite to get the job but was not chosen because it was not the best in "business", ie was not the best in fundraising for the institution. Here is also evident that people do not always look for a qualitative but quantitative.

Bell becomes a powerful man, president of a very important Gupo U.S.. He wants a rematch of the competition lost twenty-five years ago. Invites Mr.. Hundert to hold the event. Hundert, hopeful change Bell accepted the invitation and go to the event to ask questions. The competition brought together all past students. During questions, Mr. Hundert notes that Bell is cheating again, getting the answers through a wiretap. In a last attempt to teach a lesson to his former student asks a question that he was not in books. Bell misses and loses.

Later in a conversation between the two, Professor Bell hears that "everything is valid to reach the top." The lesson of the film is that the teacher can teach the right way, but only the student has the autonomy to choose it.


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