Ideologies of Violence, Survival and Slavery in Django Unchained

Ideologiesof Violence, Survival and Slavery in Django Unchained

Ideologiesof Violence, Survival and Slavery in Django Unchained

QuentinTarantino’s Django Unchained perfectly pass for a popular cinemahaving raked slightly over $425 million and being voted the bestactor in a supporting role Christoph Waltz and Best originalscreenplay in the academy awards (Rollingstone, 2013). Having debutedthe realm of social justice fantasy with his 2009 production ofInglorious Basterds, Tarantino came up with the movie, DjangoUnchained, a pre-civil war western slave revolving around a slave(Jamie Fox) in an unorthodox relationship with a bounty hunter namedChristoph Waltz, a German who needs Jamie’s aid in apprehension ofa trio of outlaws. Jamie is willing to help Christoph accomplish hismission on condition that he is granted freedom and also help Djangoin finding and freeing his wife, Kerry Washing who at the time isclutched in a by a cruel plantation owner, Leonardo DiCaprio.

Tarantino’sDjango Unchained is a two-hour journey with a perfect set up thatoffer series of disrespectful ordeals, and a gleefully violent actionwhich is delivered by a start studded excoriation of systematicinjustices that manages to treat its subject approaching the properrespect void of sacrificing an ounce of the moment. It is in thisaccord that wall street journal’s Joe Morgenstern describedTarantino’s artwork as “Wildly extravagant, ferociously violent,Ludicrously lurid and outrageously entertaining, and still,remarkably, very much about pernicious lunacy of racism and, yes,slavery’s singular horrors.’

Contemporarily,ideology is defined as a set of ideas that reflects the social needsand aspiration of an individual, group, class, and or cultural setup.According to Dupaix (2009), ideological viewpoints and principlesabout the movie industry separates from an individualistic image.They are usually discovered at an unconscious point hence notfrequently perceived. It is hence valuable to comprehend how a personreacts and perceives something at an unconscious thinking level. Thecentral message of the movie Django Unchained is the story of Schultzwho is out to free Django and eventually change him into anindividual free man, Django takes the opportunity to learn the waysof his masters as he plans to take over, to survive in thewhite-dominated field, he quickly adopts his masters’ way of doingbusiness. Consequently, the story is about the dirty way of doingbusiness, where Schultz, a former dentist quits his job to become abounty hunter who either wants his victims dead or alive.

Tarantinotakes his protagonists, Schultz and Django through a physical,psychological, emotional and moral journey on a rugged during which abond is crafted between them in the wake of an exponential violence.The two forms a standard figure during the struggle to overcomeslavery in the United States before 1970. The African Americans tohave overcome the barrier between their then masters, they were takenthrough a torrid journey of emotional and psychological torture, andeventually they defeated. As the movie progress, Django now a freeman can drink, dine and dress like his masters.

Theonset of the movie shows a well-laid framework, characters, genre,and ideology with each given a particular role and uniqueness. Theinitial imagine treated to the audience is that of a secluded desertof rocks and dry land, this perhaps prepares the audience to thehardship with which the actors would be subjected, with theimaginations of desert hardships, the audience are given a glimpse ofwhat to come. The choice of music track used in this particular musicis ancient insinuating that the movie could be of old set up. Afterwhich the audience are treated to images of six black men in chainwalking in a single file with two white gentlemen riding on thehorseback at the front and back respectively. Here the images ofcharacters are visualized, one can explicitly opine that one of theslaves with scars might have been whipped in the process, thisprobably makes us sympathize with them and gives the audience a hintthat they should be siding with the slaves.

HumanNature- Survival for the Fittest

Fromthe movie, it’s worth mentioning that sadism forms part and parcelof our human nature, Tarantino clearly shows how despite the manygenerations that have gone since Charles’s Darwin’s survival ofthe fittest theory, people are still capable of competing efficientlyin the world as the genetic composition allows. There is a scene inwhich the sadistic plantation owner, Calvin Candie says that theblacks are inherently submissive as a result of three depressed marksthat is common to the structure of their brainstem

Additionally,theorist, Sigmund Freud is relevant in the movie. He viewed humanbeings as inherently selfish and willing to do anything at theirdisposal to compete efficiently and to keep fit enough to consolidateand stay in power and powerful positions. As a result, one has tonegotiate his ambitions with others’ needs, and social customs toavoid punishment, rejections and being labeled a disgrace.Furthermore, genetic composition determines our capacity to achieve acompromise to our advantage. Hence survival of the fittest.

Forinstance, upon being freed, Django embarked on a spirited journey torescue his wife, Brunhilde from slavery while Schultz wants thefinancial reward of killing outlaws. For him to achieve that, herequires, Django’s passion and brawn the same way Django needs,Schultz’s intelligence and wit to achieve their goals as a result,they reach a level playground to meet their needs. Django in turnbounty hunts with Schultz for six months after which Christoph helpshim free his wife from Candie’s slavery.

Othercircumstances in which Freud’s and Darwin`s theory of human naturesufficed in the movie. The questions that it evokes are: Is it Djangopassion or brawn that makes him survive or could it have been Dr.King intellectual ways. It is through love and passion as seen in themiles that Django had to go to free his wife Brunhilde from slaverythat best explain our human nature?

Thereis also the aspect of the combination of different traits from withinus and from our partners that determines the length we can go toachieve our goals. This is clearly depicted in the manner through,Tarantino bring together two people of varied personalities thatcombine their unique traits together for the good of the wholepartnership. One cannot live a healthy life by solely satisfying hisdesires. Dr. Christoph promptly realizes this and see the need tofree Django who had a burning desire to free his wife from slavery atwhatever cost and means available.

Violenceand Racism

Themovie, Django Unchained exhibits the height of intolerance subjectedto the slaves by white masters as a result, there is a growingrevolt among the slaves and are mainly targeting the white masters.However, the violence against the black race especially thoseenslaved is real, raw and traumatic. The slave is all cash and tradeat all time, bill of sales is brandished, and signatures are requiredto be appended. There is a frequent discharge of slave prices andproperty values. The most extreme line is when Calvin Candie, playedby Leonardo DiCaprio orders his dogs to attack disobedient servants.As the dog tears the man’s limbs, Dr. Schultz is clearly disturbedwhile Django maintains an impassive stare. When Candie asks Djangowhy he seemed unmoved, he replies that it could be owed to the factthat he is used to Americans than his partner, Dr. Schultz. Accordingto Calvin Candie, he perceives slavery in the movie, Django as purebusiness and does not opine slavery as economics when he openly saysthat, “You got to understand that I’m operating a venture here.”Just before making a decision to kill a slave for his pleasure. It ishere that we realized that Candie is obsessed to inflicting pain tohis subject to making a profit.

Consideringthe manner in which Candie behaves with his slaves and Dr. Schultzpeaceful nature with black man, Django, you realize that racism andmalic are individuality rather than a social ideology. Slaveholdersare depicted as corrupt, barbaric and seem not believe in anythingapart from the centrifugal powers. Just like in the 60s when AfricanAmericans had no power and opinion on United States politics, theslaves as depicted in the movie, Django Unchained lack politicalviews since they are not allowed. Throughout the movie, slaves arenot able to freely communicate to one another despite the numerousopportunities that they find themselves alone.

Tarantino’sDjango Unchained show a totality disjointed black community with nounity at all. They have utterly failed to mobilize themselves andorganize actions of any kind hence they are managed by the whites. Asa result, the movie ultimately shows nothing about black liberationbut rather women’s liberation when Django goes through a series ofstruggle to free his wife from the chain of slavery from MasterCandie.

Insummary, movies are an artistic form of self-representation. Throughideological analysis of the film, Django Unchained, even though theunintended message may not conform with the intended piece as thoughtby the producer, critical analysis of the movie gives you a betterunderstanding of the events as you appreciate some of thecircumstances the characters are made to go through.


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