Analysis Of The Film ' The Same Device '

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The same device is used by Fellini to flesh out his protagonist, Guido for the audience and much of the film’s attractiveness lies in the identification of the audience with him through the interior journey that they take with him through his experiences, memories and fantasies which have made him what he is and the state he finds himself at that time. Washizu’s fearful reaction to Miki’s ghost that he sees during a banquet in the latter’s honor which is the same time that he has him killed drives home the point that there the struggle with the consequences of unethical actions is not so much external as it is internal. Washizu’s path to the lordship of Spider’s Web castle is littered with blood and dead bodies. Asaji’s succumbing to…show more content…
Desire or ambition should, therefore, be tempered, keeping this truth in mind. This is also conveyed through the opening and closing shots of the mist and the castle ruins, symbols of impermanence with a choir singing in the Noh style: “Look upon the ruins of the castle of delusion; Haunted only now by the spirits of those who perished; A scene of carnage, born of consuming desire; Never changing, now and throughout eternity.” Pertinently, this means that men and their creations will come and go, but their desire remains constant, consuming all in its wake. As such, whether it is Macbeth in Shakespeare’s play or Washizu in Throne of Blood, the consequences of unbridled, avaricious and unethical desire will always have the same effect through all human history and the ruins of Spider’s Web Castle stand as one testament to this everlasting truth. In the banquet sequence, the lesson about the karmic consequences
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