The Symbolism Of Gandhi In Richard Attenbrought's Film

The movie Gandhi addresses one of the most important times in Indian history. It follows the story of Gandhi, the leader of the independence movement in India against the British. Directed by Richard Attenbrought, the movie follows Gandhi’s adult life until he died. The movie does not explore Gandhi’s childhood or university years. Attenbrought use symbols and techniques to help convey his message. Through this film the director hoped to portray Gandhi as a holy man with all positive attributes. In doing so however, Attenbrought created flaws in the story. Over all however, I thought this movie was well done and educational.

The central story of this film focuses on India’s journey to independence through the story of Gandhi. The story
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He used a number of techniques and symbols to portray his opinion. Through symbolism Gandhi is made out to be a auspicious figure. The movie begins and ends with the setting of he sun over the Ganges River. This river is understood in Indian culture as a “holy river”. This river is a clear symbol of Gandhi’s auspicious nature. Furthermore, Attenbrought painted Gandhi as holy by only showing him in a positive light. The only appearance of negativity with Gandhi is when his wife and him fought in the beginning of the movie. In this scene however, Gandhi is not portrayed as wrong for fighting, instead he is regarded as morally understanding as he advocates on behalf of untouchables. Even in his death, Gandhi appeared faultless. The viewer is never given a reason for Gandhi’s death. Since it is unclear why Gandhi was shot there is nothing to suggest that he did anything wrong. Gandhi is portrayed as holy through his ability to influence the masses through the threat of him dying. Through these symbols and techniques Richard Attenbrought hoped to portray Gandhi is as a shaman. However, in doing do he created problems in truly understanding …show more content…
Before watching I had read briefly about English imperialism in India, Gandhi’s strive for independence through non-violence, the long lasting affects that have come from British rule. I did not however, know the specifics of his story. It was interesting to see the formation of Pakistan. I was unaware that Gandhi lived in South Africa or that he starved himself to create change. This story also holds significance in Indian life today. Gandhi was unsuccessful in creating all the change he wanted but he was successful in creating a independent India and his teachings are still are still taught

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