It is unethical to report any individual’s or any group’s activities to another person for personal reasons (Spiritualityandpractice.com). Dreyman had pro-Communist views and he was recognized on international levels thus he escaped state scrutiny. Hempf was seeking ways to trap Dreyman so that his path to Sieland was clear. However Wiesler was unaware of the truth behind the investigation.
This shows the unethical conditions of German society. The Minister of Culture is only using the people around him for his personal matters. He is manipulating others and is using their abilities to get involved with Sieland.
Further in the film, when Wielser and Grubitz come back to the Stasi headquarters, Wielser is informed that he has been demoted and his career had ruined. Wielser was the one who had removed the typewriter from Dreyman’s apartment in order to help him. Dreyman was only taking a stand against conditions in East Germany which were leading to increase in suicides. Wiesler realizing the unfair practices against Dreyman tries to help him. This is a highly ethical behavior carried out by Wielser (French).
Even though Wielser’s character has demonstrated ethical behavior and thinking at several levels, he loses his position and his career is affected.
After some years, Hempf and Dreyman encounter each other where Dreyman learns that his activities were always monitored. Shocked by this news, Dreyman goes to Stasi Records Agency to learn about his activities. He finds out that most of the information about his activities was incorrect and Sieland was released before the second search was put into action so she was not involved in removing the typewriter(Spiritualityandpractice.com).Dreyman realizes that Wiesler had helped him. Dreyman was filled with gratitude, so he dedicates his new book to Wielser.
This last part of the film reflects the ethical perspective of the society. When people assist one another through harsh times without the greed for fame or material possessions then the only ethical action is to return their favor either by expressing gratitude or by awarding them something in return(French). This is what Dreymandid; he returned the favor by showing his gratitude through dedicating his book to Wiesler.