Re: The Black Robe

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Posted by MMMMarcia on March 27, 1999 at 14:21:32:

In Reply to: Re: The Black Robe posted by Chris on March 27, 1999 at 11:11:15:

Chris asks:
:If we were supposed to see the relationships through the eyes of the Lakota, why was the story told through the eyes of (Kevin Costner's character)? You can't just jump from POV to POV without some explanation.


Surely we are seeing the story through the eyes of John Dunbar, but the story we are seeing through his eyes is the story of the Lakota people...hmmm...some sentence, eh?

Then, too, John Dunbar was completely won over by the Lakota, and soon saw things exactly the way they did. In the beginning, we are seeing Dunbar's view of war and suffering, and his need to escape from both. In the end, we see him adapting completely to the Lakota ways. It seems to me, his character is narrating just what he learned from them and about them, and narrating it from their perspective, including their view of themselves as being The People. I know this movie is flawed in several ways, but I still love many things about it, and think it was a step (perhaps a small one) in the right direction.


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