Analysis Of Django Unchained By Quentin Tarantino Essay

1294 Words Nov 14th, 2016 6 Pages
Perhaps the essential element of a great story is the characters, just as complexity is the mark of a great character. What is interesting about a pure, likeable character where life always goes their way? Not much when the audience relates and learns from someone that deals with the woes of life just as they do. Filled with quite a few memorable deep characters, Django Unchained (2012)—directed by Quentin Tarantino—features the title hero, Django, a slave in Antebellum Texas two years prior to the start of the Civil War who suddenly finds himself a freeman after he is purchased by the former dentist turned bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, who needs Django to identify his former slavers–the Brittle Brothers. Django’s talent inspires Schultz to take Django as his apprentice and help him rescue Django’s wife Broomhilda—who was sold separately from him—from the notorious plantation Candyland. With such western films, the line between good and bad is drawn clearly for the viewer to suggest who they should root for. However, despite his characterization as the beacon of human decency among a sea of racism, Schultz is a romanticist with a hypocritical moral code whose hubris ultimately results in his demise. Schultz’s role as Django’s liberator and mentor automatically gives the audience reason to like him. From the beginning, with the symbolic shot of Schultz taking off Django’s shackles, the viewer understands that Schultz is an ally to the slave. He is not interested in owning…

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