Ethical Dilemmas in Crimes and Misdemeanors There are two plots in
Juda Rosenthal is the central character. He lives a double life; in fact, just the sort of life, which Socrates has said, could not be happy. To his wife, daughter and medical associates Juda is, with the usual human foibles, a model father and community benefactor. Who would believe that Dr.
Rosenthal, a respected ophthalmologist, has misappropriated trust funds and is having an affair with a stewardess he met on a business trip? His Mistress, Delores, becomes uncomfortably clinging and possessive, insisting that Juda tell his wife about their affair. When her behavior threatens to unravel his marriage and career, Judah decides, after much hand wringing, to have her murdered. His brother Jack arranges for the dirty work to be done and Juda pays for it. After she is "taken care of" Juda nearly goes crazy with guilt; and here, it seems,