Character, Dignity, and Self-Respect

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U05a1- Character, Dignity, and Self-Respect This paper will explain the character, dignity, and self-respect demonstrated in the movie “Glory” by Edward Zwick. The story is based on the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unity of the U.S. Army to be made up entirely of African-American men as told from the point of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, its commanding officer during the American Civil War. Captain Robert Gould Shaw leads a company of Union soldiers from a Massachusetts Infantry Regiment in an attack on Confederate troops at the Battle of Antietam of September 17, 1862 (Davies, 2001). His regiment suffers many losses. Shaw is wounded and later loses consciousness. He is awakened by a black gravedigger name John Rawlins and is sent to a hospital. While at the hospital, Shaw is told that President Lincoln is on the verge of passing the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in rebel held territory. While on leave in Boston, Shaw is promotes to Colonel and is given command of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. It is the first all-black regiment of the U.S. Army. The first character to show ethics based on Epictetus was Shaw’s friend and educated black man named Thomas Searles; Searles is the first black man to volunteer in the 54th Regiment. Epictetus believed that even though he could not control what occurred outside of himself, he could control how he responded (Sommers & Sommers, 2013). The fact that Thomas volunteered to join showed his courage and dignity knowing he would be fighting for a good cause. At the military camp, the company is forced to endure the unyielding and strict discipline of Sergeant Major Mulcahy. Sergeant Major Mulcahy displays Aristotle’s view on ethics by his handling of the soldiers. At first, Shaw thinks Mulcahy is being too harsh on the men when he sees the treatment of Shaw’s…...

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