What Makes A Just And Fair Society In 'Gladiator' By Thomas Hobbes

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People for hundreds of years have asked what makes a just and fair society. One person who endeavored to answer this question was Thomas Hobbes. Thomas Hobbes claimed that freedom was good but security is better. He also believed that without government, laws, and society mankind would exist in a state of nature where life would be nasty, brutish, and short. To solve this problem Hobbes believed in creating a social contract and hand over their freedoms to a strong leader. The concern Hobbes points out is that from handing over most freedoms to a strong leader could result in a frighteningly powerful state. From Hobbes idea however three questions about what makes a just and fair society arose. First is the Society safe? Second does the society ensure freedom for all citizens? Finally is there a frighteningly powerful state with too much power over its citizens. With these questions in mind it can be argued that ancient Rome and their use of gladiators is an example of an unjust and unfair society. More specifically “Gladiator” by Richard Watkins presents that ancient Rome and their use of the gladiators was not an example of a just and fair society because the society does not ensure safety for its citizens and because there is a frighteningly powerful state. By reading the evidence it can be seen that ancient Rome and their use of gladiators is not an example of a just and fair society because Rome does not ensure safety for its citizens. A quote from the

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