Industrial Western Movie: There Will Be Blood Essay

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There Will be Blood (2007) is an entertaining movie that delineates in various forms that will be discussed from other western genres. It is a story that is formed from a novel by Upton Sinclair’s book, Oil! (1927) (Belton, 2009, p.401). Many westerns were based on dime novels that were written in the mid and late 1800s (Belton, 2009, p.246). American society was going through a transitional period from an agrarian society to an industrial society in the 1800s and early 1900s (Wright 2001; Desk Encyclopedia, 1989, pp. 27-28, 630-631). The change in revolutions could explain the difference in most western genres and the movie There Will be Blood. In fact, one important different aspect is the contrasts between There Will be Blood and other…show more content…
257). There Will be Bloods main character Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis) is an oil prospector that is less than admirable when it comes to doing what is right. Plainview’s main goal is to become prosperous by any means possible. He will exploit a town or people if that’s what it takes to make money. One example of Plainview’s exploitation, is when he works with a man who has a child and gets killed. Plainview takes in the child (H.W.) not because it’s the right thing to do but to use the child to make him seem like a family man. Plainview gains wealth by telling towns, landowner, and other commoners what they want to hear. He is deceitful because he uses the appearance of an honest, “family and oil man” (Lewis, 2007, There Will be Blood). The beginning of the story is narrated through his interactions with the townspeople of different areas that he travels to. He makes his interests seem like there to help the people get jobs, make the towns thrive again, provide education and to put the interests of the townspeople first. He expresses that he provides a service when his ulterior motive is really to make money and gain an unbelievable amount of financial wealth. Westerns usually depicted the main character as heroic because that was the idealization behind the open
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