The Symbolism Of Brotherhood In Saving Private Ryan

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In 1998 Steven Spielberg directed a film called 'Saving Private Ryan,' this film won many awards including best cinematography, film editing, director and many more. The film is about a group of eight soldiers are sent to find Private Ryan, the youngest of his brothers. They are sent to find him after the general received notification that his other three brothers had died. The director has used aesthetic features to position the audience to believe in a dominant ideology, which is people create strong bonds in during difficult times. The aesthetic features that were used include symbolism, camera angles and lighting. By using these features effectively the director is able to portray a powerful message to the viewing audience. One of the most prominent symbols presented in in film is the symbol of ‘brotherhood.’ There is a sense of brotherhood shown on battlefields, within conversations and in particular, towards the end of the film. Towards the end of the film the group of soldiers find Private Ryan, however he refuses to go back with them to safety. Private Ryan states, 'these people are the only brothers I have left.' Brotherhood is also seen on the battlefields; when someone is injured another…show more content…
The ideology that is presented in the film is people create strong bonds in during difficult times. Spielberg has displayed this ideology using various aesthetic features such as symbolism, camera angles and lighting. Symbolism displayed the ideology through the use of the symbol 'brotherhood' which displayed how close the soldiers were. Camera angles showed the relationship between the characters and lighting highlighted how the relationships formed and when. Therefore in brief Spielberg successfully positioned the audience to believe in the dominant ideology by using aesthetic features to show the relationships between

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