pls 212 #1 - James Yu PLS 212 Professor Sheridan February...

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James Yu PLS 212 Professor Sheridan February 5, 2008 Unforgiven Unforgiven is based during the late eighteen hundreds of the American West. It serves as a typical western movie where the law bears little justice as it is more subjected to be served by the gun and those who wield it reign. In Unforgiven , the “state of nature” is best stated as a condition where each individual is in a binding social contract. The town of Big Whiskey is based on a contractual arrangement where natural liberty is exchanged for civil liberty, and whereby natural rights are exchanged for legal rights. The prostitutes rely on Skinny for business as Skinny relies on Little Bill, the town Sheriff, for protection. Even though each individual is not represented fully, the terms of the contract provide assurance that civil laws promote the public good rather than the private good of particular individuals or groups. If the contract is breached by a government which usurps the sovereignty of its people, then the people are no longer obligated to submit to that government and consequently regain their natural liberty. As the case when the two cowboys slash the prostitutes face. Little Bill finds it fit that Skinny receives seven horses from the cowboys for damages while the other prostitutes conspire to give a bounty of a thousand dollars to
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pls 212 #1 - James Yu PLS 212 Professor Sheridan February...

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