The Silence Of God : Existentialism And Religion

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The Silence of God: Existentialism and Religion in The Seventh Seal The Seventh Seal is a Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. The film takes place in Sweden in the time of the bubonic plague; it follows the adventures of the crusader knight Antonius Block and his squire Jöns. Antonius Block has returned from his crusade, downtrodden he lays on a beach with Jöns next to a chessboard. He is approached by a pale-faced man in black, who introduces himself as none other than Death himself. The movie goes on to chronicle the actions of Antonius, Jöns, and their steadily growing band of followers as Antonius battles Death in a game of chess. The Seventh Seal is a film concerned with more than just the misadventures of the knight and his squire, it is a piece of philosophical interest that deals with the one unanswerable question: what is the purpose of life, is it God—or is there no purpose. Antonius first meets with Death on the shores of Sweden, and challenges him to a game of chess. The first move is not yet made before the scene switches to a cliffside, and the two travelers come across a man and his dog. Jöns attempts to converse with the man, but upon inspection the man is dead, and has no eyes. When asked by Antonius whether the man had given him any direction, Jöns says that the man said nothing. Antonius asks if the man was mute, and Jöns replies that the man was in fact eloquent, but, “what he had to say was most depressing.” (Bergman). Here is the
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