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When asked to find something in the media that directly relates to subject matter that had been discussed in our psychology class there were a couple of topics that came to mind However one stands out to me in particular and that is a movie that I have seen recently called John Q In this film Denzel Washington plays the role of John Q Archibald a man who will go to any lengths to keep his one and only son Michael from dying During the movie John and his wife Denise learn that Michael has an enlarged heart and needs an emergency transplant operation On top of that John has recently been reduced from full-time to part-time work He cant afford the operation and his health insurance wont cover it so he vows to do whatever it will take to keep his son alive This obviously becomes an extremely difficult moral decision that Archibald must make In the psychology textbook there is very similar example to what occurred in the movie John Q this example was used by a psychologist by the name of Kohlberg to conduct a moral reasoning experiment The situation in the text tells of a woman that is near death with a special type of cancer and there is only one recently developed drug that could possibly save her However the druggist was apparently charging 10 times what it cost to make the drug which is 2000 dollars The womans husband tried to get all the money he could however came up short and the druggist refused to cut him a deal and therefore leaving the man two choices to either let his wife die or steal the medicine And like any good husband the man broke into the store and stole the drug for his wife This above situation when described in class made me immediately think of the movie John Q and is the reason this paper is
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