The Tragedy Of The Mist By Michael Apted

1122 WordsJun 11, 20155 Pages
The Tragedy That is Gorillas in the Mist Entertainment media, such as television and literature, have often used the archetypal plot tragedy. Tragedy is a plot in which greatness can be crushed and goodness, in turn, defeated. Often, a tragedy presents the challenges of adulthood, rather than a romanticized version of life, proclaiming beauty and youth. In a tragedy, a hero accepts a call to action to go on a journey, and, along the way, fate thwarts their efforts, and they perish or are defeated. Afterwards, the audience experience a feeling of catharsis, or “the releasing of a strong emotion (such as pity or fear)” (Merriam Webster). Director Michael Apted’s Golden Globes winning movie, Gorillas in the Mist, closely followed the plot of a tragedy. Apted uses archetypal characters, symbols, and pathos to portray a tragedy. Using archetypal characters, such as Dian Fossey, Bob Campbell, and the Batwa, Apted depicts a tragic plot in Gorillas in the Mist. Dian Fossey travels to the mountains of Central Africa in order to protect the mountain gorillas whose population was rapidly succumbing to poaching in the area. In order to save their lives, Fossey gives up personal relationships, and devotes all of her attention to the gorillas. In Apted’s film, Fossey represents the tragic hero; she takes a call to action to save the mountain gorillas, and is thwarted by efforts from locals in the area, and is eventually murdered for her efforts to protect them. Although her
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