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Transcript of Spiderman

Virtue ethics:
Based on ones moral character and their duties for themselves and others around them
Peter Parker/Spider-Man is an overall virtuous individual
Uncle Ben and Aunt May are moral exemplars to Peter Parker; helping him define his own virtues
He is morally obligated to save Mary Jane when she is in danger
Overall, Spider-Man has on his agenda to help protect others and make sure he is serving his duty as a hero virtuously

Leanna Catron, James Scales, Isaiah Puckett, Daniel Bryant, Michael Cook
Originated in 1962 by the creator Stan Lee
Peter Parker was just your every other ordinary guy
Orphaned at the age of 6; parents died in a plane crash
He would spend hours of his childhood reading comic books about outrageous heroes and their adventures
He was very clumsy and uncoordinated as a child, he lacked all athletic abilities
Physically strength wise he was considered below average
Peter also had an immense fear of heights
Honors student and social outcast in school

More History
Peter hardly spoke of his parents, he was convinced his parents abandoned him
While attending a public science exhibit he as bitten by a radioactive spider on his hand when he was 15 years old
He graduated from Midtown High with the highest GPA average in school history
The spider bite empowering him with the arachnid's extraordinary strength, agility, and the ability latch on to almost any surface
Amazingly he also gained a sixth sense that gave him an early danger warning
His powers enable him to do good, not for himself, but for the sake of others
Used his powers to fight crime as a solo hero
Thought he was the reason behind his Uncle Ben's death

Making a Living
With Uncle Ben being deceased Peter was left to help Aunt May
He took a freelance job as a photographer for the Daily Bugle
Coincidentally his main job as a photographer was acquiring shots of Spider-Man
Publisher Jonah Jameson despised Spider-Man
The Daily Bugle painted Spiderman as a menace to society
Social Contract Theory
Peter was concerned with doing good and saving people from harm
He was not concerned with his image as a hero until Jonah Jameson had the Daily Bugle portray Spider-Man as a delinquent
Peter is faced with two Social Contract Theory delimas:
1. No matter what society thinks of him he feels that he must continue to save people from the criminals and villians that stalk New York City's streets.
2. No matter how much Mr. Jameson blasts Spider-Man and condemns him Peter has to continue to work at the Daly Bugle to help support Aunt May
"With great power comes great responsibility"
Belief that a morally good action is one that helps the greatest number of people with the least amount of consequences
Spider-Man makes sure the end justifies the means
Peter Parker chose to be Spider-Man, because he cares about the greater safety of the city and its residents
Utilitarianism is the main ethical theory that defines Spider-Man's behaviors
Virtue Ethics
More History
Deontology: Focuses on the rightness and/or wrongness of an action; one must have good intentions while doing the act
Spider-Man does not act for the action being good or bad, he acts to make sure the outcome is good
With this, Spider-Man is less of a deontologist than any other ethical theory
Works Cited
The Authors
Stan Lee and Sam Ditko
Helped create early Marvel Comics to help compete with DC Comics
Creation of Peter Parker started the success of Spider-Man in the 1960s
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