CW's "The 100" and Moral Relativity

"The 100" has become known for its morally gray characters. In the TV show, warring clans often use the justification "[insert devastating action] was done for my people." However, "The 100’s" stance is not so clear cut. Discuss the TV show’s portrayal of moral relativism. Does "The 100" agree with the justifications characters provide for their actions (i.e. committing genocide "for [their] people")? Or does it want viewers to challenge the ideologies behind the "heroes" behavior? What evidence contributes to your conclusion, whether it be cinematography, symbolism, plot parallels, etc?

  • Almost all characters have their "gray" moments, but Marcus Kane's season 1 arc was very important in defining the show for me. – IndiLeigh 7 years ago
  • An interesting topic, and worth discussing within also the framework of the moral dilemma at the heart of the narrative - the concept of the sacrifice of few to save more. Moral relativism is a complex area to examine, but this show indeed touches on a number of areas because it is removed from the pre-existing framework of a recognisable socio-cultural setting. – SaraiMW 7 years ago

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