Analysis of Roland Joffe's "The Mission"

Analysis of Roland Joffe
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Analysis of Roland Joffe’s “The Mission” Roland Joffe’s 1986 film The Mission is perhaps one of the most touching films of the 20th century. I felt touched and moved when viewing this impacting movie. The Jesuit mission is succeeding where no one else has before…

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I myself feel split over this issue because there are compelling cases for both points of view. This movie showed me a different side of human nature, and one that I would not expect from the church. However, there were many political battles going on at that time so it is understandable why the decision was made to eliminate the local indigenous people. The Mission contains three differing points of view when it comes to clearing the people: Rodrigo Mendoza, Father Gabriel, and Father Altamirano. Rodrigo Mendoza was formerly a slave trader who had little time for the local people. When he found his younger brother sleeping with his fiance, Mendoza brutally murdered him in a fit of rage. He had a violent background; however, this changed when he became a Jesuit priest at the mission. When the decision came up of what to do to stop the Portuguese soldiers, Mendoza slipped back to his old ways and resorted to the sword. He reasoned with Father Gabriel that God would have no problem with using force to defend the mission. God was the one who sent them there in the first place, so it wouldn’t make sense just to let the soldiers clear everyone out. This is more a liberal point of view. Mendoza’s beliefs could be compared to many religious people today who believe that going to war to defend God’s name is okay. I do not see a problem with this so long as it is not done for personal ambition. ...
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