Ethical Analysis of Shutter Island

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Running Head: ETHICAL ANALYSIS OF SHUTTER ISLAND 1 Ethical Analysis of Shutter Island Abstract This article will explore the movie Shutter Island through a sociological lens; specifically what ethical controversies can be seen throughout the film. Sociologists have a set code of ethics by which they must strictly abide, and it is by this code that the movie will be evaluated. The seven principles found in the code, while at first seeming very clear on boundaries, often lead to serious sociological debates. The doctors in the film were faced with many of these controversies and were forced to make a decision based on what they believed was the right choice. Ethical Analysis of Shutter Island In sociology, there is a strict code of ethics that each sociologist must adhere to. The seven basic principles that encompass this code are as follows: Maintain objectivity and integrity in research, respect the subject’s right to privacy and dignity, protect subjects from personal harm, preserve confidentiality, seek informed consent when data are collected from research participants or when behavior occurs in a private context, acknowledge research collaboration and assistance, disclose all sources of financial support (Schaefer, 2012). A violation of even one of these rules is technically considered ethical misconduct, even if the violation was committed with good intentions in mind. This paper will examine the procedures the doctors took in conducting this experiment and determine whether they adhered to the code completely or strayed away from it in various aspects. Shutter Island tells the story of a man named Teddy Daniels and his investigation of a mental hospital on Shutter Island. The movie chronicles Daniels search for a missing woman and also a mystery patient number 67, as well as his attempts to discover any sort of conspiracy that the operators
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