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This Essay Discusses Corruption Especailly In Relation To "I Am The Cheese" Written By Robert Cormier And The Film "Witness."

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Corruption is defined as the act of corrupting or in other words, the act of tainting, destroying fidelity or integrity, destroying morally, perverting or debasing purity. Corruption, in its many forms, is abundant in this world that we live in, so much so that it becomes the main theme of many films and novels, such as Witness or I am the Cheese. Both show many examples of corruption and they open our eyes to what is going on in the world around us. They also compel us to look more closely at governments and their agencies, and even at ordinary people on the street.A top policeman kills one of his fellow brothers, another undercover policeman. This is an absolutely disgusting act that would make the headlines of many newspapers today. However in the film Witness, we see this horrendous crime not only committed, but then also covered up in secrecy. In I am the Cheese we also saw a corrupt government agency that was so low in its ethics and principles that it was torturing an innocent boy. In both these instances the corruption of the police and government comes to light. And it ties in beautifully with the Royal Commission into police corruption that is being conducted in Perth at this very present time. So the police corruption that we saw in Witness was not just plucked out of thin air- it is real and it is happening. However we often do not think about such things. Hence films like Witness makes us stop and think. It certainly made me think about law enforcement agencies and whether we can actually trust them. The film, together with I am the Cheese, gave police and other government agencies a stench, a putrid odour that completely turns me away. Coupled with books written by authors such as Robert Ludlum, Frederick Forsyth and Tom Clancy, I now seriously doubt that there is one uncorrupt government in this world. This is enforced brilliantly with a famous quote that says, "All power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely." Not only that but police are put into place to protect the people and to bring about justice, yet how on earth can they do that if there is no safety or justice in the police force itself. This has broken my previous, naïve, trust that I had in the police- in this way corrupting my innocence.Corruption of innocence is another example of corruption that we saw on the screen in Witness, in print in I am the Cheese and we also see it in our society today. Witness shows the corruption of the young Amish boy, Samuel. His purity and innocence, which he would have probably otherwise kept for the rest of his life, is debased by the selfish and corrupt world, from which he had previously been shielded. In I am the Cheese we read about another young boy Adam who has not had a great lot in life. First his parents kept the truth about him, hidden from him. Can you imagine that- thinking that you were who you were, but then you start realizing things, putting the pieces together and then you find out that you are not who...

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