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I'm putting together my syllabus for the spring and am looking for either a short story or a fairly self-contained movie or TV clip, no longer than 5-7 minutes, on the nature of friendship. We'll be talking about Aristotle on friendship (NE Bk 8) and what it means to be a true friend So either a situation involving someone who's not being a good friend. (On Aristotle's view, friends are people who wish their friend well because of the friend's character, not because they're fun to be around or you get some benefit from being friends, but because you recognize the person is worth knowing and treating well because they're good.

Anyone have any suggestions? So far I've used moments fro Doctor Who, Sherlock, The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, House M.D. and both DS9 and VOY, along with a handful of short stories and selections from novels. So I'm willing to consider anything, but those are the bits genres the class will be used to working with. Any sugestions?

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shirebound
Dec. 29th, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
Sam and Faramir, where they both recognize and acknowledge the 'quality' in the other -- the scene that concludes the chapter "The Window on the West".
vulgarweed
Dec. 29th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
YES!

I think LOTR is just chock full of good friendship moments, more so than The Hobbit. I thought of the scene where Frodo and Aragorn part. "I would have followed you . . . " Or any number of moments between Sam and Frodo, or Legolas and Gimli, or Merry and Pippin.
marta_bee
Dec. 29th, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
Lovely suggestions, both of you. I love the idea of using Lord of the Rings! And you're right, for all the Hobbit is fun in a number of ways, it's not really a friendship story because so much of it is either Bilbo on his own or the whole group together. I actually prefer texts to clip because it's easier to scan a book than edit a video clip. Though I've gotten reasonably good at putting those together.

vulgarweed, do you have any recommendation for the "any number of moments" between those characters you mention? I'll check out shirebound's suggestion for the Frodo and Sam scene.
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