CONCEPTS OF LOYALTY.
Examines conflicting loyalties in two fictional characters. Common problems both face in deciding how to behave when faced with conflicting loyalties. Character of Brutus in Shakespeare's Elizabethan drama "JULIUS CAESAR;" political ideals. Character of Mookie, an African American in 1989 New York in Spike Lee's film "DO THE RIGHT THING;" social discontent.
Loyalty signifies one's duty and fidelity to a cause, a person, a place or an ideal. There are times, however, when more than one object of loyalty... more
Loyalty signifies one's duty and fidelity to a cause, a person, a place or an ideal. There are times, however, when more than one object of loyalty is present, and the result is conflicting loyalties. This paper will examine conflicting loyalties in two very different characters from two different genres and historical times. The first character is Brutus, a noble patrician in Shakespeare's Elizabethan drama Julius Caesar. The second character is Mookie, an African-American pizza delivery man in 1989 Brooklyn, New York in Spike Lee's film Do The Right Thing. Although both characters are worlds apart in every way, they share a common predicament: how should one behave when faced with conflicting loyalties. Both Brutus and Mookie want to do the right thing, but first they have to know what the right thing is, and convince themselves of its justness.