University of California
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Law Reflection Question: Law vs. Morality
Plot Summary: John Quincy Archibald’s son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of a heart failure. Immediately, John Q rushes Michael to the emergency room for a transplant. Unfortunately, the insurance would not cover his son’s transplant. So in order for Michael’s quick and complete recovery, John takes the emergency room hostage until the doctors agree to get the transplant successfully.
In your reflection essay, you will briefly describe the connection and conflict between Law and Morality – use the text (p.12-15) and class notes to help you. After watching the movie, apply ideas of Law and Morality to the movie plot of ‘John Q’. Also, as part of your essay, state your opinion about which side of the conflict you would support – the Law side or the Morality side. Justify your answer with specific examples from the movie and your own values and beliefs.
Expectations/Format: – 2-3 pages, double spaced, 12 pt font Times New Roman
Introduction: Explain the term law – What is it? Where does it come from? Discuss ‘Rule of Law’ and why law is important? Explain the term Morality – what are the sources of morality? Why is it important? What is the connection between law and morality? What is the conflict between them?Explain using an example.
Paragraph 2: Connect the plot to the aspects of law – What is the legal issue/conflict that is occurring?
Paragraph 3: Connect the plot to the aspects of morality – What is the moral issue/conflict that is occurring?
Paragraph 4: In seeking justice, which side of the conflict would you support
– the law side or the morality side? Support your answer with specific examples from the move and from your own values and beliefs.
Conclusion: Summarize your thoughts and recount your main points regarding the importance and challenges of law