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Transcript of Se7en Presentation
Recurring Theme in Popular Culture: Violence as a Solution to Evil (i.e. Boondock Saints, Kick Ass, The Matrix)
Similar Theme in Se7en: Who is innocent? Who is evil? Violence?
Christianity born under violence, but Jesus did not commit violence (D/T) Seven Deadly Sins Gluttony
Wrath Somerset and Doe
Dark view of the world
Doe & the Audience
Lunatic vs Sanity
"Just a Man" Sins in the Modern World Part of our every day lives
Complacency & Other Themes Character Connections Constant rain
Dark landscape of the city
Dark rooms; decent into hell
Cyclical Pattern of Evil Symbols Conclusions Sympathy for the killer, not always the victims
Human capacity for sin and evil
Individuals are not the problem
Evil Endures Choice Gluttony
Wrath In The Film Related Examples Biblical References
Adam & Eve
Body Image "I just don't think I can continue to live in a place that embraces and nurtures apathy as if it was a virtue." -Detective Somerset Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt)
Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman)
John Doe (Kevin Spacey)
Tracy Mills (Gwyneth Paltrow) Violence Shock Value vs Communication
Connects us to the Protagonists Two homicide detectives desperately hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Detective Somerset and Mills research the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's every step as they witness the aftermath of his horrific crimes one by one.
Little by little, the two detectives become part of his plan without even knowing it. Gluttony
Wrath Revised Correlational Approach Praxis Approach "A revised correlational approach values a complex conversation between the questions and insights of both religious tradition and popular culture, and allows for the possibility that both religious tradition and popular culture can be usefully challenged and transformed through this process." (Lynch) "The praxis model evaluates both religious tradition or popular culture on the basis of 'orthopraxy' (or their capacity to promote right action)." (Lynch) RELIGIOUS TRADITION
Old Testament theology
"Eye for an eye"
Promotes "Life for a life" mentality POPULAR CULTURE
Violence against Evil is Okay
Everyone deserves a fair trial
Point of movie: to leave ending as a question of right and wrong? RELIGIOUS TRADITION
Old Testament versus New Testament Way of Retribution/Retaliation
View of 7 Deadly Sins versus 7 Heavenly Virtues & 10 Commandments POPULAR CULTURE
Justice and Fairness Approach to Ethics
Laws and Regulations Promote Right Action
What Feels Right can be Considered Right
Instant Gratification Se7en versus Seven Heavenly Virtues Seven Deadly Sins Seven Heavenly Virtues Gluttony
Forgiveness Institutionalized religion fading? D/T Post-Christian
What is evil today?
How can we stop it? "The next generation has responded to institutional corruption with a sneer and a smile" D/T CH1 Questions What are other ways of confronting evil in today's society?
Media Do the seven deadly sins have any influence on daily decision making in peoples lives today? What role has media played in conditioning us to choose the side of sin in the choices in the film?