Basal Tears Analysis

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Fear, pity, tears, sorrow are some of the results of viewing something dismal or despairing. Put plainly, watching sad movies makes us sad. However, why does watching Leonardo DiCaprio (Jack) sink to the bottom of the ocean in Titanic, or Tommy Kirk (Travis) shooting his dog in Old Yeller make us feel the way we do? Scientifically, it is simple to explain. “Basal tears have three layers: a thin mucus layer that sits directly on the eye, a watery layer in the middle and a thin oily layer on top that prevents the tear from evaporating...Emotional tears can contain higher levels of stress hormones, including leucine enkephalin, an endorphin and natural painkiller…” (Geggle). Science simply explains these emotions as a natural reaction that occurs…show more content…
The end of the film ends with him assissting in killing his only friend so that he may have his honor. ”Where do people find meaning in life?...Hence social exclusion could threaten people at such a basic level that it would impair their sense of meaningful existence…” (Stillman). Katsumoto was the teacher of the emperor when he was younger. The emperor had great respect for Katsumoto and believed him to be the wisest of all his advisors. However, Katsumoto believed that it was not his place to advise the emperor in his decisions, so he would not give him advice. Once Cruise is captured, he learns that Katsumoto is fighting to army because he believes that he is aiding the emperor in not changing Japan too fast. With Captain being the only surviving samurai, he comes before the emperor with one last plea. He presents the emperor with his teachers sword and explains to him that Japan must remember where he came from. The emperor decides that this is in the best interest for Japan, although it angers several of his advisers, however Cruise is still left alone and without a…show more content…
The film ends with a man speculating what happens to Nathan Algren. One belief is that he died of his wounds. Another thought is that he sailed back to America and became a drunk, or even that his ship crashed at sea. Algren even comments that there is something spiritual going on in the village, so maybe it was fate that brought him there in the first place. Whether it was fate or not, Algren had plenty of choices and he chose to become a samurai, the be the last samurai and teach future generations to remember where they come from and to always remember
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