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Ideology in the Film "Return of the King"
An ideological analysis of the J.R.R. Tolkien film, "Return of the King" from the "Lord of the Rings" film series.
# 153047 | 867 words | 1 source | MLA | 2013 | US

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The paper examines the issues of death and free will in "Return of the King" and highlights how the Undying Lands and the Elven reality encompass both the theme of death and that of free will. The paper goes on to point out the ideology of Christianity in the film but argues that while "Return of the King" is definitively Christian in its symbols of the Christ and Savior, an ideological diagnosis does not stop there. The paper focuses on notions of modernity and progress that are apparent in the story and also shows how it fits with the criteria for postmodern literature.

From the Paper:

"The third in Sir Peter Jackson's feature film productions based on the JRR Tolkien series diverges little from the first two in terms of ideological discourse. Indeed, The Return of the King enhances some of the core themes in the series. The pervasive presence of duality is one of the most striking ideological elements in The Return of the King and in fact throughout Lord of the Rings. However, one issue sets apart Return of the King and that is the issue of death. More importantly, the theme connecting death and immortality is crucial to the unfolding of the story and the development of the characters. The theme of death in Return of the King makes the film especially ripe for an ideological diagnosis.
"In addition to the theme of death, free will is a major impetus in The Return of the King. Relatively early in the film, Pippin peeks at the palantir, receiving a vision that propels the plot forward. Free will induces much of the action in The Return of the King, determining especially the reactions towards the One Ring. Among the most important shows of free will is Arwen's decision to leave the Undying Lands in order to be with Aragon."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Jackson, Peter. The Return of the King. (Feature Film) 2003.

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