Essay about Theme of Religion in "Dead Man Walking"

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In everyday society, we are faced with diverse issues that force us to make a decision. Whether or not our decisions are right or wrong. In the movie “Dead Man Walking”, directed by Tim Robbins, he exemplifies the following actions throughout the film. Faith and doubt is a recurring theme in the course of the film. Where we see Christians, in essence, questioning their faith. We also notice a contradiction between the Christian bible and the Hebrew bible or as most people have come to know it as the Old and the New Testament. Conflicting themes have been argued about the Old and New Testament throughout the centuries. Also, humility is a key aspect to the film. The director discreetly implies it at the end of the film so we can make a …show more content…
Tim Robbins is showing the viewers that people in society agree with the death penalty as justice being served for one who has sinned but do not agree with killing people who cheat, and prostitute. The image he is trying to demonstrate to the viewers is the religious and there faith. Christian’s belief comes from loyalty, values, and allegiance. It is more than just a mental activity . The director illustrates it to the viewers by using religious symbols and imagery. The movie takes place in Louisiana, the fourth most religious state in the United States of America . It is clear to us that most of the characters, including the doctor that gives the lethal injections, are wearing crosses or cross pins on there clothes. The shots that the camera takes of Matthew’s arms show his tattoos of his daughter’s name, swastikas, and more but he does not have anything to do with religion. The director here is inconspicuously showing the viewers something very interesting. At the end of the movie, Matthew confesses to Helen of his sins and she replies: “the truth has set you free” and “you are the son of God” (1:33:45 min). He takes the responsibility of the murders of both those children and his dignity was returned to him. The characters such as the Percy’s and the Delacroix’s (R. Lee Ermy, Celia
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