Blood Diamond Character Analysis

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The movie “Blood Diamond,” (2006) directed by Edward Zwick is a film set in 1996, which depicts the dire events of a civil war funded by illegal diamond smuggling within Sierra Leone. The story of “Blood Diamond,” follows three significant characters, who throughout the movie express many extreme character developments, modifications to their ideals and lives. The previously emotionally detached and greedy mercenary, Danny Archer turned into a trusting man who sacrificed himself for the sake of Maddy, Solomon and Dia. Journalist Maddy came to terms with the complexity of the civil war in Sierra Leone and began to see the people affected by the war as more than just a news story. Protective, yet friendly Solomon went to extremes to help his …show more content…
Danny Archer is primarily characterized as lacking true friendship and love; this gives Danny the ‘lone wolf persona.’ This persona fuels his selfishness and disregard of others as the only person he cares for is himself. Whilst conversing with the journalist Maddy, Danny confides in her and shows weakness for the first time within the film. The aforementioned conversation reveals extremely disturbing details from Danny’s past; these details account greatly for Danny’s tendency to disassociate from the people around him and to only maintain contact with people who will be somewhat helpful in the future. “Mum was raped and shot and uh... Dad was decapitated and hung from a hook in the barn. I was nine... boo-hoo right?” The abrupt loss of Danny’s parents shaped his coping methods significantly. Danny is depicted within the beginning of the movie to have two coping methods in which he puts into use to deal with the conflict that has surrounded him since he was a child; these coping devices are found within his humour and his tendency to not let anyone get close to him as to avoid losing more people. Although at first, Danny …show more content…
Although, as the events within the movie unfold and Maddy experiences the true effect of the civil war Maddy’s character develops into what would be classed as the voice of reason throughout the film. During a conversation with Danny, Maddy states “Three out of five ex-boyfriends polled think I need to be in a constant state of crisis. Maybe I just give a shit.” This statement could give reason as to why she, a white American, is travelling through Sierra Leone during a state of exponential crisis; to fuel her adrenaline junky ways. This reasoning soon changes after Maddy experiences the true effects of the civil war first hand after seeing the affect it has had on Solomon’s family. When Maddy observes the reunion of Solomon and his family at a refugee camp Maddy’s opinion truly changes in regard to the crisis, which in turn not only changes Maddy as a whole, it also changes what she wishes to achieve. “You 're right. It 's shit. It 's like one of those infomercials with African kids with swollen bellies and flies in their eyes. See here I 've got dead mothers, I 've got severed limbs, but it 's *nothing* new. -------- why don 't you get out of my face, and let me do my work?” Witnessing this event forced Maddy to realize that not only is the conflict within Sierra Leone a very complex matter, it also

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