American Sniper Metaphors

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”There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.”The sheep are the good but naive people and are therefore vulnerable, the wolves are the evil ones who prey on these good ‘helpless’ people, and the sheepdogs are the strong one, “the rare breed who live to confront the wolf”, who are there to protect the good people – the sheep. This is the movies central moral metaphor, and it is seen all throughout the film, a classic battle between good and evil. American Sniper is an American biographical war drama film, directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. The story is loosely based on Chris Kyle’s memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. The film follows the life of Kyle who struggles to find a balance between his personal and family life and the military. Chris Kyle became the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history with 160 officially confirmed kills out of…show more content…
Embassies which are the cause for him to join the Navy SEALS. This filming technique portrays Chris Kyle as a hero; ready to serve wherever he is needed, quickly winning over the audience as they respect his noble decisions. This technique is repeated to further reinforce Chris Kyle’s ‘hero like’, ‘sheepdog’ approach to life when he witnesses the 9/11 attack on the news, once again causing him to jump into action to protect the vulnerable ‘sheep’. This repetitious technique is really effective to create an emotional bond with the audience who can see he puts other lives before his own, this technique not only shows his selflessness but also supports the movies central moral metaphor that Chris Kyle is a ‘sheepdog’ that must protect the good from the
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