Analysis Of The Book ' The Book Of Eli ' Essay

900 Words Nov 10th, 2015 4 Pages
The Hughes Brothers imprint their religious point of view in their 2010 American post-apocalyptic film, “The Book of Eli”. In this dramatic tale Denzel Washington stars as Eli, a mysterious wanderer that carries the world’s only remaining copy of King James’s Bible. He ventures 30 years across a desolated post-apocalyptic landscape in the attempt of finding a safe haven for this sacred book. Determined to complete his mission, Eli’s quote “We walk by faith, not by sight” from the Bible conveys a very special meaning. The Hughes Brother’s seriousness about religion interplays with a compelling story filled with biblical references. Eli is led by faith to carry the last copy of the bible through the wasteland, to an unknown destination in the ‘West’. In his journey he comes to enter a town of controlled by Carnegie (played by Gary Oldman). Carnegie is a gang-master who, like Eli, is old enough to remember the pre-war world and wants to use the Bible to his own advantage. He and his thugs start to chase Eli after the realization that Eli holds the Bible he is looking for. This Hughes Brothers intrinsically demonstrates the difference between ‘walking by faith’ and ‘walking by sight’ by contrasting the different pathways of Carnegie and Eli. Where Carnegie represents someone that walks by sight, driven by egoistic interests and sole purposes, Eli comes to represent someone that walks by faith. It is important to notice that in this post-apocalyptic world,…

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