Essay on Christian Metaphors and Movies About War

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Religion in Pop Culture Final Essay Platoon, directed by Oliver Stone, and "Saving Private Ryan," directed by Steven Spielberg, are two movies flush with Christian Symbolism. Both films feature scripture, Platoon opens with it, and in Saving Private Ryan, there is a character that often quotes scripture. While there are some similarities between the two movies, like having a Christ Figure, and a conflict between good and evil, there are metaphors that make the films different from one another. Platoon features more complex metaphors, and focuses on a power struggle between two characters that represent good and evil. The Metaphors in Saving Private Ryan are obvious, and more focused on the lost returning home, then on a struggles between…show more content…
the Holocaust) for seemingly no other reason but to control the world. The Allied Forces become the good, because they begin to liberate other countries, and people from Axis control. The power struggle between the "good" forces and the "evil" forces becomes the backdrop for Captain Miller’s Mission. The General, who gives Miller his orders, could represent God, being as he is his world is considered law. By extension, Millers mission represents God’s will. Captain Miller eventually becomes the Christ figure in the movie, leading the mission to its conclusion (Madvig). Millers’ mission is to save the "lost" Private Ryan. Miller and his men must return the "lost" Ryan to his "home". Ryan can be a symbol that represents anyone who could be struggling with faith, or anyone who could be struggling against evil, thus being "lost." Home symbolizes different things, but in Christianity, returning "home" can mean going to Heaven to live alongside Jesus, or finding faith, or finding Jesus. Ryan is "lost" in the middle of war-torn France, in the middle of the giant conflict between good and evil. As the movie progresses we see other religious situations, and religious characters. Private Jackson (Barry Pepper) is the team’s sniper, and a good example. Jackson is as a Christian who wears a cross around his neck, and recites scripture before he takes down a target. He is seen in the film reciting Psalm 144, and Psalm 25. There is a scene early on in the movie, during the

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