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This is an ethical review of the film Wall Street Stone and Weiser It examines ethical dilemmas Bud Fox faced and what made him vulnerable to crossing the ethical line as well as what factors led to Foxs attempt to repair the ethical breach It examines Gordon Geckos thoughts on a persons vulnerability to making an ethical breach and how this related to Bud Fox Finally it will take a look at factors in the film that relate to the Enron and WorldCom cases The film Wall Street is about Bud Fox an ambitious rookie stockbroker and Gordon Gekko an aggressive and ruthless Wall Street power player Bud Fox spends a lot of time and effort trying to become part of Gordon Gekkos inner circle Once he succeeds in doing so Buds life moves into the fast lane a fancy apartment money power and a hot new girlfriend As time goes by Gekko makes more and more unethical and illegal demands with the final straw being the takeover and dismantling of Bluestar Airlines where Buds father works As should happen in all good movies Bud Fox then comes up with a plan to make things right Before we can determine the ethical dilemmas Bud faced we need to understand what makes an ethical dilemma Ethical dilemmas happen because of a conflict between the rightness or wrongness of the actions and the goodness or badness of the consequences of the actions An ethical dilemma occurs when it appears a wrong action will produce a perceived good end or when a good action will produce a wrong end There is an outcome that we really think we want or dont want Bud Fox was confronted with a number of ethical dilemmas throughout the movie Bud desperately wanted to be part of Gekkos inner circle but what he had to do was against the principles or values he grew up with and believed in He wanted the success
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