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R. Harris Googe Phil 089 October 14, 2008 Week 9 Journal The idea of a person being responsible for a murder and continuing on with his everyday life is largely the issue in Crimes and Misdemeanors. Judah, a successful ophthalmologist, hires his brother to kill his mistress in order to keep his infidelities under wraps. After the murder, he is haunted by memories of his religious childhood that he since has turned away from. In the end of the film, Judah discusses with Cliff a “character” that has killed a woman and has continued to live his life. He claims that with time, the man’s life is “completely back to normal.” While Cliff argues that he can’t really go back to the way things were, Judah says that with time, all things fade. Cliff’s response to this is perhaps the most interesting line of the movie. He states, “But then his worst beliefs are realized.” I understood this to be referring to Judah’s uncertainty about
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Unformatted text preview: religion. The quandary here is that, according to Woody Allen, if God does exist and he is just, then Judah would not be able to get away with this murder and still be able to continue his privileged life; however, if God does not exist, then Judah finds himself in an even darker situation. Judah believes that a “just” ending to this story would make a Hollywood movie and not depict real life. This bleak view of an unjust life is what allows Judah to ignore his guilt and move on, bypassing his morals. Cliff’s view, however, is that life doles out what is deserved, and that there is no way that a man can continue on with this kind of secret. The difference in the two views of life show the difference in the two characters’ moralities. Judah is able to stifle his past and move on. Cliff, on the other hand, acknowledges the necessity for fairness in life and moral behavior....
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