Black Robe Film Analysis

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The terminology that is associated with the Jesuit denomination of the Church, have very important connotation within the history and culture of the Church. Unfortunately, these terminologies represent on how the ideal follower of this religion is supposed to enact the teaching. As seen in the movie Black Robe, the implementation of this these terminologies are not very successful and often lost when dealing with cross-cultural situations. Especially with two completely different cultures cohabitate the same region. With the only term from the list to actually appear in the movie is “For the greater glory of God”, demonstrates just on how difficult the application of this life style is within a multicultural province. Never the less it is …show more content…
One who truly lives a devoted life to God must be utterly and completely open to God’s will, never to question it. Father Laforgue is a prime example of how hard this is to truly do, for he himself when talking with Daniel stated he has had doubts and has even had sins of intent where he lusted after a woman. Now the reason this is so deviant and very troublesome for Laforgue to the point where in the movie he talks a branch and wipes himself, is because he was to have given up all desire for this passion. One cannot say Laforgue is a bad Father, for later in the movie it does show that Father Laforgue indeed open to the will of God. This is seen when all the native abandon him, he crawls under a tree and states “Lord, if it be Thy wish that I suffer greater tribulations in the days ahead, I welcome it. Thou has given me this cross for thy honor, for the salvation of these poor barbarians. I thank Thee.” This prayer shows that Father Laforgue is open to the will of God. Now when it comes to the living good and not falling into evil. In France the distinction of good and evil may have been very clear, but in the wilderness of what they call New France, this once clear distinction now has now become fogged. Meaning that there is now a gray area in which the father now perceives and even elected to act with in it. For example, the old father chose to lie …show more content…
Their whole mission is in fact a way to show this, for they are in pursuit to save the natives souls by bring them the truth and baptizing them into the faith under God and Jesus. Father Laforgue not only cared for their souls but also for their own beings. With offering to teach them how to write and knowing he has to make sure they don’t use all their supplies. What was surprising to Laforgue was that the natives could care for someone that they had for the longest of times had marginalized. Now this was not the only powerful moment in this movie. Chomina showed tremendous development throughout this movie for at the end of his journey, meaning right before he died his feelings towards Father Laforgue had changed from fear and tolerance to respect and shows a hint of appreciation towards sharing his last journey with him. Now the last aspect of the life they are supposed to live may be the hardest to enact in cross-cultural situation, personal attention to the individual. Father Laforgue defiantly failed in this aspect. For the only one he really payed close attention to the individual would have been Daniel. He over looked and subjected the natives to only one mental image, that being, they are savages that need

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