Thursday, November 17, 2005

Symbols in High Plains Drifter


If painting the town red symbolized Hell, what other symbols did you notice in the movie? For instance, why do whips play such an important role? Do whips symbolize anything in particular? Give me 50-75 words of high-intensity, spell-checked, accurate prose.

13 Comments:

At 5:27 PM, Blogger joanwelch said...

When he goes in town and hears the whips snapping,brings back bad memories of what the three men done to him. Then he tries to sleep and dreams about being beat with whips,and wakes up in a cold sweat. He also rembers telling the townpeople as they stood back and watched. He would see them in hell.

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger Cheryl said...

There are many different symbols in "High Plains Drifter" such as Mordecai. In the Bible, Mordecai was a man of the lesser people in the town, he was looked down upon by the officials. Later in the story, he was threatened to be put to death similar to the way Mordecai in HPD was. Another symbolic reference could be the desert that surrounded the town from which the "stranger" appeared. The desert is symbolic of a dry period in one's life, where everything may be going wrong or they may just be waiting for something to happen or change in their lives.

 
At 4:43 PM, Blogger Bob said...

Joan--glad to see you made it here. Now what are the whips symbols of?

Cheryl-- first time I've heard anyone mention the desert as symbolic of dry period in life-- you seem to be leaning toward the desert as symbolic of change. If so, what is changing.

 
At 6:10 AM, Blogger tina said...

tina said...
Whips play an important part because they were also used on Jesus before they crucified him on the cross.

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger ctdawg said...

Symbols are everywhere in a movie. The fact that there were three bad guys in the beginning and three bad guys in the end .... three is a perfect number. It can represent the Godhead in Christianity. The number of days that Jesus lay in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathae'a. Three being a perfect number that Clint Eastwood dealt with. Not only dealt with, but seemed to do so effortlessly. I think, if the author may use 1st person,that it was to symbolize the superiority of The Nameless Character of Clint Eastwood who was really Marshall Jim Duncan all along as my paper will prove beyond a reasonable doubt!

 
At 7:11 AM, Blogger stephanie roberson said...

As Cheryl said, Mordicai was a strong symbol. But I won't repeat the story, just read Cheryl's statement. However, whipping represents the purging of the body and soul. And just as the desert represents dry periods, it also represents isolation because people attempt to isolate themselves from God to hide their sin. The lake represents Christ in several ways. He is the Water of Life, He washes away our sins, and gives us the hope of new life. The town's people are isolated by their sin and guilt, but the lake, or Christ, is there in the midst of all that spiritual dryness to offer hope of a new life; a clean and good life in Him. Wow! That just came to me! Not bad, huh?

 
At 7:36 AM, Blogger Ryan said...

Every one took what i was going to write about. i was going to mention whips but that was taken, and mordecia was going to be my main topic but Chryl beat me to it. Also about the whole three people thing that Mr.Cdawg touched on. And about the lake Stephanie took the words right out of my mouth.

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Bob said...

Good job guys. You are getting quite sophisticated in your interpretation. Ryan you can "Amen" anybody you want to.

 
At 7:37 AM, Blogger calab said...

the wipes are just a symbol of what the town has done to him how they treat people and know they will have to pay for it.the midget was also a part because he was a little man they treated him like crap just for that resson.the lake was one also because lago was spanish for lake.

 
At 1:37 PM, Blogger tpoor said...

Whips are important. When the drifter rides into town there is a lot of tension, and his reaction to the sound of a whip says something.
The sound of the horse has some signifigance. The gray horse entering the town sounds like a train. The gray horse leaving town could symbolize the 4th horseman.

 
At 3:04 PM, Blogger kimberlym said...

The whips like that was stated earlier is asymbol because jesus was beaten with whips. The grey horse that the stranger rode in on could be a symbol from the bible where it says that behold a pale horse and the man that sat on him was death and hell followed with him.

 
At 8:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whips, from my point of view, sybolize extreme crulety, and even a sence of being degraded to the position of slave. From being a known Marshal to being beaten by whips in your own streets. Other symbols included Clints spiritual being. I thought that he was a bad spirit left behind with a grudge against Lagos and his pursecuters.

 
At 9:29 AM, Blogger SB said...

I think the towns people are paying for there sins. The outlaws symbolize the devil or hell. By paying for their sins (giving Eastwood anything he wants) and coming together to stand up it means to me they are asking to be saved.

 

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