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Ethics

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Kelsey Candelario

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Transcript of Ethics

Todays
is Ethics lesson Todays Agenda Ethics In ethics class so many years
ago our teacher asked this
question every fall: if there
were a fire in a museum
which would you save, a
Rembrandt painting or an
old woman who hadn't many
years left any how? Restless on
hard chairs caring little for
pictures or old age we'd opt
one year for life,the next for art
and always half-heartedly.
Sometimes the woman feeling clever, I replied why
not let the woman decide
herself? Linda, the teacher
would report,eschews the
burdens of responsibility. This
fall in a real museum I stand
before a real Rembrandt,old
woman or nearly so, myself.
The colors within this frame
are darker than autumn,darker
even than winter-the browns
of earth though earth's most
radiant elements burn through
the canvas. I know now that
woman and painting and season
are almost one and all beyond
saving by children. -Linda Pastan borrowed my grandmother's face leaving her usual kitchen to wander some drafty,half- imagined museum. One year,
eth·ics
[eth-iks]
plural noun
1. ( used with a singular or plural verb ) a system of moral principles: the ethics of a culture.

2.
the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: medical ethics; Christian ethics.

3.
moral principles, as of an individual: His ethics forbade betrayal of a confidence. The students would "opt one
year for life, the next for art" " Restless on hard chairs" ". . .or an old woman who hadn't many years left anyhow?" The free verse poem "ethics
written by Linda Pastan was
written in first person to make
known and elaborate on the
important role ethics play
into our every day life. Responsibility is
something we all claim we want but how many of us can handle it? People want to be adults but no one wants to step up to the plate and take the initiative of making tough decisions. When asking the
teacher to let the woman decide herself the teacher replies. . . She makes her age
range known when
she starts off the poem
saying "In ethics class so
many years ago". The fact that she remembers
something she was told so long
ago shows the impact it left on
her. by saying "any how",Linda is devaluing the time this old woman has left on earth and making it seem irrelevant. visual imagery As a result of the students not caring much about art or old people they grew restless/anxious to get it over with The fact that
their decision
was made by
alternating each
year shows their
indifference in
saving things of
value. These students never truly
took the time to think
about how their choice
could impact the lives
of many people. eschews the burdens of responsibility The students would "opt one
year for life, the next for art" The fact that
their decision
was made by
alternating each
year shows their
indifference in
saving things of
value. These students never truly
took the time to think
about how their choice
could impact the lives
of many people. Diction She is beginning
to view this scenario
on a more personal
level by thinking about
how it'd feel if it were a loved one. She is building
a connection. She is beginning
to view this scenario
on a more personal
level by thinking about
how it'd feel if it were a loved one. She is building
a connection. author uses rhetoric Repeats the word "Real" to place emphasis on the fact that this is something she is experiencing now, bring us back to the present. Pop Quiz What were the two things the author was being asked to save? Factual Question How does the authors opinion change now as an older woman versus her as a young student? Inductive Question Analytical Question What does the teachers reply importance of ethics? tell us about the Quotes on Ethics "Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do."
Potter Stewart
"Things change so fast, you can't use 1971 ethics on someone
born in 1971."
Grace Slick
"Our very lives depend on the ethics of strangers, and most of us are always strangers to other people."
Bill Moyers
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