"The World is Yours" When You Break Down the "Wall of Jericho"
Updated on October 14, 2007, 11:44 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
Within some movies there are lines that sum up so much of what is going on within the story. They are a symbolic way for the audience to understand that a change is taking place through the use of a metaphor, bringing on a level of sophistication to the way that the story is told. This is done with the two movies Scarface from 1932 and It Happened One Night the Best Picture Academy Award Winner of 1934.
Both these lines that make up a metaphor for the movie follow a progression through their respective movies, where each choice the main characters make is effected or has an effect on the metaphor. In Scarface Antonio "Tony" Camonte allows "The World is Yours" to inspire him to reach out and pursue what he doesn't have, giving him ambition, soon it becomes the sign of his decadence where he strives to gain what he cannot, and finally it is the mocking force that we can never gain absolute control and possession of all things. The metaphor follows his journey.
Meanwhile in It Happened One Night, the metaphor is a sign of the divide that is between the two central characters. Instead of it being the inspiration, the symbol of decadence, and the overpowering strength of the natural universe, it is a symbolic hurdle for the characters to overcome. Ellie Andrews has to get over the "Wall of Jericho" to discover true love lies not in wealth, but with the one who makes you happy. Peter Warne has to come to realize that these barriers can be broken and the greatest story for him is his own life with this girl who fits right into his worldview. The "Wall" becomes the symbol of when it is gone, no more will they be divided, but together one. Also it holds a small sexual connotation.
These methods for conveying points to the audience were better than coming right out and saying it to the audience, as it allowed for more artistic interpretations and more craft in telling the story through thoughtful methods.
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