Essay on Film Analysis: The Mision

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The movie, The Mission (1986), depicts events in South America, likely in what is now the state of Rio Grande do Sul. In the movie, a slave trader named Rodrigo Mendoza, played by Robert De Niro, makes his living by capturing slaves and bringing them to the Spanish Governor’s plantation. There, he catches his fiancée sleeping with his younger half-brother, which causes him, in a rage, to kill his younger brother. Due to this, he eventually joins a Jesuit mission. After coming into contact with a group of natives, and being accepted by them, he formally takes the vows to become a Jesuit priest. When the land their mission is on switches hands from the Spanish to the Portuguese, however, the safety of their mission is put into question, due …show more content…
The movie, The Mission (1986), depicts events in South America, likely in what is now the state of Rio Grande do Sul. In the movie, a slave trader named Rodrigo Mendoza, played by Robert De Niro, makes his living by capturing slaves and bringing them to the Spanish Governor’s plantation. There, he catches his fiancée sleeping with his younger half-brother, which causes him, in a rage, to kill his younger brother. Due to this, he eventually joins a Jesuit mission. After coming into contact with a group of natives, and being accepted by them, he formally takes the vows to become a Jesuit priest. When the land their mission is on switches hands from the Spanish to the Portuguese, however, the safety of their mission is put into question, due the Portuguese affinity for native slaves, as well as Pombal’s dislike of the Jesuits. Seeing that the Portuguese would take over the mission, Mendoza forsakes his vows, and prepares the natives for what would become the fight of their lives. The Portuguese, however, soon overwhelm the priests and the natives, killing Mendoza, as well as the other priests in the mission, notably Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) and Father Fielding (Liam Neeson), who had been instrumental in Mendoza’s path to the priesthood. Some of the natives escape, and move further inward toward the center of South America. The movie, if nothing else, presented the scenario in a perspective that differs from what we learned about in class, showing the events from the
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