Is the Character of a Man His Fate?

Hello again!

We are excited that you are joining us again! Danielle and I are enjoying the conversations we are having after class. We only have a few weeks left and are looking forward to sharing our thoughts with all of you.

This past week we watched:

The Emperor’s Club

Amistad (Danielle and I would like to both caution you if you plan on watching Amistad. It contains scenes depicting the brutality of the slave trade. It is not a movie to watch casually.)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Doctor Who: “The Shakespeare Code” and “Gridlock” (3.02-3.03)

We also read the comic book Superman: Peace on Earth.

In this podcast, we discuss three main questions. The theme of the week was “Truth, Justice, and the American Way.” We attempt to define the “American Way” and discuss the way an “American hero” looks. We then turn to wonder how much slack we are willing to give a hero—because someone is a hero, do we overlook their morally reprehensible actions? This leads us to ponder the difference between a hero and heroic actions. Finally, we ask whether the character of a man is determined by his fate.

At the end of the podcast, we mention that the music you heard at the end is from The Emperor’s Club. Unfortunately, we had technical difficulties and both the introductory and concluding music is from Amistad.

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