political science film writing essay1 02

Watch film: Smith Goes to Washington (1939), or Divergent (2014)

Write a two page response, 650 words count to one of the following two questions. In your response, use *at least* one direct quotation from either Aristotle or Plato to support your answer. Write in 12-point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. Submit in ONLY .doc, .docx, or .pdf formats.

Aristotle file is here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K0ujI9L4sTv93ILPe…

Plato file attached in file.

Choose ONE prompt here:


1) Would Aristotle think that Mr. Smith is a good citizen? That is, does Mr. Smith display the kind of political virtues Aristotle thinks are important and necessary for a well-functioning political community? If so, describe at least two ways Mr. Smith is a good representation of Aristotle’s ideal citizen. If not, describe at least two reasons why Mr. Smith would fall short in Aristotle’s estimation.


2) The political message of Divergent clearly opposes the kind of rigid social hierarchies and class system Tris defies. However, Plato endorses a political system built on similarly rigid social hierarchies as the most-just kind of political order. Does the system on display in the film embody his vision of the ideal-city ruled by the Wise? If so, describe how this system ensures “Justice” as Plato understands it. If not, explain how the political system described in the film does not ensure “Justice” as Plato understands it.

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