Write about the movie “Dead man walking” and reflect with philosophical terms

I’m working on a philosophy report and need a sample draft to help me understand better.

3 double-spaced pages

Essay 1:

You brought the enemy into this house, Sister. You gotta go. —Mary Beth Percy

If you have already watched Dead Man Walking, you can almost certainly guess the shape this essay will take.

Prompt 1:

Using Zizek and by reference to Dead Man Walking, explain how the charity that Sr. Helen enacts in this film is an example of true Christian love.

Prompt 2:

How does Dead Man Walking help us understand why, for Zizek, the Absolute is fragile?


To respond to Prompt 1 well, identify and make use of each of the following terms:

The order of the imaginary

The order of the symbolic

The order of the real

‘Neighbor’ in each of the three orders

‘Enemy’ in each of the three orders

The object treasure

Striking out at oneself

As for Prompt 2, I will leave that up to you to decide.


These are the direct instructions, if you have watched the movie please choose to help me with this. If you have seen it, this will be a lot easier to write and reflect on. under the terms, please make sure to include all of these terms in the paper and tie them in to the movie as well. For prompt 2 it might be a good idea to stay the same route and reflect on a few of the terms, or whatever feels right to you. There is room for creativity. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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