Jackie Robinson's Use Of The Four Cardinal Virtues In The Movie 42

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42 is a movie based on the life of Jackie Robinson, and the struggles he faces being the first African American to play for the white baseball league. In the movie, the use, and lack of the four cardinal Virtues, Prudence, Fortitude, Justice, and Temperance can be seen multiple times. Many, practiced by the virtuous Jackie Robinson, the protagonist. There are several examples of the application of the cardinal virtues in the movie, but the news is also an outlet that highlights people who have and have not used the four cardinal virtues. There is a clear distinction between whether an individual is good or bad, by whether they practice these virtues or not.
Prudence, is the virtue that allows us to reason, and be reasonable. When is it applied, one can use their intellect to govern their own actions. It helps us make practical decisions that will benefit us, all while performing virtuous acts. In the movie 42, Jackie Robinson was prudent when he did not let his anger control his actions. When the lady at the airport refused to give Robinson seats on the plane because he was black, he remained calm using
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Justice can be seen when one commits a crime, or does something immoral, and there is Justice only when the convict receives his punishment. However, it is not just, if the punishment of a crime is unfair, or immoral. The punishment must always fit the crime, although many times it is a highly debatable topic. In the movie, when Ben Chapman, the other team 's manager, harassed Jackie Robinson, the baseball league did what was just, and fired Robinson. Another CNN article covers a case where a man who was caught after a school shooting, was proven guilty, and has gotten jail time. This is an example of crime and punishment. The man committed a crime, and he was punished for it. However, as stated earlier, it is not clear, and there is no clear distinction if this man deserved his
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