Character Analysis: In The Heat Of The Night

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In the film “In the Heat of the Night”(1967) there are two main characters trying to solve the case of a mysterious murder. One of the characters is Virgil Tibbs, an outstanding expert in crime scenes, and Bill Gillespie a police officer. These characters are interesting in one way or the other, but what does it mean to be an interesting character? Well, an interesting character is “round” or unpredictable. Also, an interesting character is the one that makes a transition in terms of personality or point of views throughout the film. Even though officer Tibbs shows certain “roundness”, I believe officer Gillespie is the most interesting character between the two of them.
Eventually, Virgil Tibbs is an interesting character in his own way,
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Furthermore, Officer Gillespie made an enormous change when he gets a little personal with officer Tibbs telling him how he ended up lonely and only focusing on his career. In this particular scene, they are both drinking wine at Gillespie’s house discussing their personal lives, when Officer Gillespie falls apart and is seemed as vulnerable. In my opinion, it takes a lot of courage to unwrap yourself in front of the person you used to dislike the most. In addition to this, the transition one can observe in officer Gillespie works to proof this is a character that has “roundness” the most in the rest of the film. To conclude, “In the heat of the night”(1967) was a movie about two police officers trying to solve the case of a mysterious murder. One is introduced to two characters that are interesting in one way or the other, and it has been established that an interesting character is a character with “roundness” or a character that shows a change in his personality or point of view. Although officer Tibbs shows certain “roundness” throughout the film, I believe officer Gillespie is the most interesting character in the

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