Friday, January 25, 2008
Just as Voltaire points out the close-mindedness of political oppression in Candide, the Wind that Shakes the Barley does the same. The movie is extremely powerful from the start. Killing someone for not telling his name in English is outlandish! In this case the closed-minded view that Britain implants in its soldiers minds drives these soldiers to kill at will. There were two parts of the movie were strongest to me. One is the main male character, I can't recall his name right now, believes so strongly about independence for Ireland that he shoots one of is very good friends. Also, at the end, the main male character's older brother was brainwashed by the British so much that he gave the orders for his brother to be shot. To kill a friend or kill a brother is just mind-boggling to me. These actions are just examples of the senseless close-mindedness of war and political oppression.