Giftedness in Ethics: A Profile Produced by Yi Yi (2000)
Keywords:Ethics, Giftedness, Gap Theory, Film Analysis, Yi Yi (2000)
Objective : The relationship between ability and ethics does not meet any of the competence, linearity or imperative conditions. The abstract, weird and complex research subject necessitates the examination of concrete examples which represent “giftedness-in-ethics”. Yi Yi (2002) directed by Edward Yang from Taiwan was selected as a representative example to portray “giftedness in ethics”. Method : Content analysis was applied within the framework of the narrative approach. For a valid and reliable analysis, (a) deconstruction, (b) reconstruction of concepts and (c) analysis methods have been developed. Firstly, the ethical and high ability concepts deciphered according to the features of (1) potentiality-performance, (2) quantity-quality and (3) determination of time- dependency. Secondly, by combining those, definition models are created. The list of possibilities consisting of nine items which constitute giftedness-in-ethics was developed. Inclusion test was applied to the definition models by checking whether they included the items in the list. Thirdly, Gap Theory was built based on the structure of “Although .... have done to him, he.... acted like.... ". Results : As a result, the main theme, general story and specific scenes of the movie are presented. Conclusion: The twice-difference situation was showned by (a) the opposition of what is dominant ethical understanding and (b) high level behaviors is explained. The profile of Giftedness-In-Ethics is depicted in a way that values wisdom and science, can question ethics with high-level of critical thinking, produce original behaviors in the face of social destruction, do not bend the self-motivation in unethical atmosphere, and autonomous and have no fear of authority.