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Ethics in American Beauty The word ethics is derived from the Greek work ethos which refers to the character and sentiment of the community and standards of behavior Ethical means conforming to the standards of a given profession or group Any group can set its own ethical standards and then decide to live by them or not Ethical standards whether an individual a society or even a whole nation establishes them help to guide a persons decisions and actions The commonly accepted definition of ethics is rules or standards that govern behavior There are many different characters and actions in Alan Balls American Beauty that show the ethics or what may seem to be the lack thereof of each person Not every character in the movie may seem to have ethics and therefore affects their actions I chose to write about two friends Jane and Angela both of whom were using the other for different reasons Jane the daughter of Lester comes across as being a bitter dark girl She at times feels embarrassed by her parents and what they do She feels that she doesnt possess any special qualities or anything that might make her attractive When Ricky complimented her at times she became all embarrassed as if she had never been complimented before Ricky was able to see the beauty inside of her and that is what attracted him to her Jane is constantly fighting with her parents After the basketball game that her parents went to see and when Angela came over that night Jane was incredibly annoyed with her dad and the way that he acted towards Angela She couldnt believe the way that he looked at her talked to her etc Janes friendship with Angela is completely superficial To Jane Angela is everything that shell never be Angela the perfect girl to Jane has some qualities that Jane hopes she will adapt by constantly being with her This is completely
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