Essay about Analysis Of ' The Amistad ' By John Quincy Adams

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What role/message does the film convey about the theme of freedom? The Amistad conveys the message throughout the film that man’s natural state is freedom, and he can, and should do whatever and anything to achieve his natural state once it has been unlawfully taken from him. Throughout the majority of the film Cinque is seen trying to regain what has been taken from him. His freedom. This quote by John Quincy Adams close to the end of the film states Cinque’s and the other slaves’ plight quite well: “The natural state of mankind is instead - and I know this is a controversial idea - is freedom. Is freedom. And the proof is the length to which a man, woman or child will go to regain it once taken. He will break loose his chains. He will decimate his enemies. He will try and try and try, against all odds, against all prejudices, to get home.” The very first thing you see in the movie is him violently freeing himself from his chains, to the point of physically hurting himself to get free. The ensuing scene is the most emotional scene in the entire film, where Cinque, in a rage, kills his captives, and for the time being free himself from their immoral enslavement of him. After this he is seen sailing towards the setting sun, which symbolizes freedom that he has not reached, he again desperately swims towards this setting sun when fleeing from the american navy trying to imprison him once again. The symbolism of enslavement in contrast to the sun is the shots of the slaves…

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