The Transformations Of Protagonists In War Movies Due To The Influence Of His Enemies.

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The sound of bullets whizzing over your head is accompanied with the deafening explosion of artillery shells beside your feet. Yet you trudge persistently across the muddy field over the dead bodies of your fellow soldiers to the enemy line. You stare him right in the eye, and for a fraction of a second you peer into his soul before your finger instinctively squeezes the cold trigger and his head explodes right before your eyes. Who have you killed? Did this “villain” deserve that bullet from the barrel of your gun? These are the unanswered questions often veiled by the fogs of war and the hectic pace of fighting in real life combat. On the other hand, Hollywood explores and accentuates this ambiguous and complicated relationship between the protagonist and his enemies in a lot of war movies. In the process, these movies reveal many psychological and philosophical implications of why people act the way they do in war. We are often influenced by the actions of our enemies. Hence, in war movies, the interaction between the protagonists and their enemies will have a direct impact on the protagonists, allowing them to undergo a transformation and in the process gain a greater understanding of themselves as well as their purpose in the war.Imagine for all your life, you are told what is right and what is wrong, yet you can never ascertain the validity of these statements. In essence, you are locked up in a prison cell, gazing out at a barred window to only get a narrow glimpse of the world. For some soldiers, life is just like that. They are told who the enemies are and why they must be destroyed. Yet they will never know if they are fighting for the right cause based on their own individual beliefs. They can never understand the true intentions of their supposed enemies since they are not given the opportunity to interact and communicate in a civil environment. On the battlefield, our instincts often overtake reason, and consequently soldiers on opposite sizes of a conflict will exchange barrages of bullets instead of words of greeting. However, once given the chance of a civil interaction, the protagonists will gain the valuable opportunity to genuinely understand his enemies and evaluate them based on his own judgment.The aforementioned interaction between the protagonist and enemies often results in the actual transformation of the protagonist into what was previously his enemy. Initially, the protagonist holds a preconceived notion that his enemy must be eradicated due to their unconventional lifestyle or belief, which is dangerous to their societal values. Likewise, we often develop prejudices and negative stereotypes toward other groups of people that are different from us because of the influences from our surroundings and the society we live in. Two researchers, Lorand B. Szalay and Elahe Mir-Djalali at the Institute of Comparative Social and Cultural Studies, surveyed a group of Americans and a group of Mexicans about their...

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