The Challenges Of The Syrian Civil War In The Black Panther

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When viewed from the lens of revolutionary movements, the superhero film Black Panther resembles the current Syrian civil war that originated from the uprising in 2011. The characters in the movie tie into the actors in Syria, like the government and the rebels, as well as Iran and Russia’s involvement.
In the movie, T’Challa became the king of Wakanda after his father T’Chaka died. The first challenge that T’Challa faces is from the Jabari Tribe Leader named M’Baku. As T’Challa must defend his pride as the son of the deceased king, he could not bare to face the shame if he were to lose. During the battle between M’Baku and himself, he was stabbed in the chest, yet he still gained enough strength to ultimately defeat M’Baku. Later in the movie, Erik “Killmonger” attempts to claim the throne due to a grievance he
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Therefore, Killmonger represented a symbol of shame because he wished to establish rule over Wakanda as a new king. After killing Zuri and many other Wakandans throughout the movie, he succeeded for a short while. About the events in Syria, Killmonger was someone who was the implied antagonist for some viewers, yet he resembles the Syrian rebels who wanted to overthrow Assad due to economic and social neglect, political and a civil repression, and a lack of opportunity and hope. Killmonger wished to remove the leader because to him, T’Challa was the son of a murderer who should not be the ruler of Wakanda. Furthermore, Killmonger’s attempt to remove T’Challa was a way to cope with the shame that his father was killed by his own people. Similarly, the rebels wished to remove Assad from power because the grievances they had were so shameful that the individual shames gradually became a collective movement against Assad. Therefore, as T’Challa resembles Assad, Killmonger resembles the rebel

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