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Dead Man Walking.

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Dead Man Walking Dead man walking is both a philosophical and political movie that touches upon many social viewpoints. Dead Man Walking looks at capital punishment from many different views to attempt to give the audience a chance to build their own views and make their own opinions on this harsh yet sensitive issue. Watching the character's views and feelings in Dead Man Walking, greatly affected my own views on capital punishment, love, hate, and reconciliation. However, to fully analyze every topic in Dead Man Walking, would take a lot of words, time, and paper. So I chose the one aspect of the movie that I felt that I could relate to. Most of the characters' feelings towards Mattew Poncelet are seen throughout most of the movie in the form of love vs. hate. In their struggle against hate, each character in Dead Man Walking must first learn to love and deal with the horrible murder that has taken place in order to overcome their raging hate. Throughout the movie, the audience is sent a message that unconditional love can overcome all evils, while hate can destroy lives. An example of the destruction of hate can be clearly seen when Mr. and Mrs. Delacroix's hate towards the murder and the murderer, leads them to separation and divorce. Neither of the two knows how to help the other, one wishes to speak of his son's horrific death, and the other can't even mention her son's name. ...read more.

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His denial to everyone was so great that it became a delusion that entrapped him. Through sister Helen's love and trust, Poncelet beings to learn more of God and Jesus and how people like him were treated with love and forgiveness. This of course doesn't make an immediate change in Poncelet; however, in the end of the movie a few minutes before his death, he confesses to sister Helen that he killed the kids and that he takes full responsibility in the murder that took place. Through love, Poncelet learned to oppose his hate against society, against his friend that helped him commit the crime, and most importantly his hate towards himself. We can see that Poncelet truly overcame his hate when at the end of the movie he asks forgiveness from Mr. Delacroix and wishes peace to the girl's parents. The director of Dead Man Walking shed light on the idea of capital punishment, and the idea of love vs. hate in a manner unseen in most movies released in this era. The reason I like this particular theme of love vs. hate is because I find that it greatly portrays the battle between good and evil, and in our society today many are subdued with their evils not bothering to notice the good that's hidden around the corner. It is rarely seen that a neighbour will act friendly to another neighbour, or a stranger smiling in the street. ...read more.

Conclusion

But the greatest of these is love," (Cor 13, vs: 4-16). I think that is particular quote sums up the message of unconditional love. However, looking at each word carefully, I begin to despair for human kind, for we have forgotten to be patient with our own children, but we are always easily angered. Many times I would stand in a line to pay for groceries when finding a mother yelling at her child or slapping him/ her across the face for crying in the store. Yes discipline is a must, but patient is also a factor that affects how a mother disciplines her child. Our battle against our daily lives and the quickness of things has made us grow weary and tired. (need one more example) By shedding light on the theme of Love vs. Hate, Dead Man Walking allowed the audience to reflect and form their own views towards capital punishment. Dead Man Walking portrayed many opinions and emphasized the idea of unconditional love, never once forcing an opinion upon the audience. In the characters' struggle against hate, they each learned to love and face the harsh reality in order to overcome their anger and hate. Whether rape, capital punishment, love vs. hate, reconciliation, death, Dead Man Walking his so many topic that I found it a profound experience to watch such a movie, for it stirred up many emotions. I find that is movie is for everyone who can understand how to love and to hate, and how to fight for life. By: Kerstina Boctor Tuesday, January 21st, 2003 Page: 1 ...read more.

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