Winter's Bone Analysis

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Violence is never the answer, but it can reveal the problem. In, Mud, by Jeff Nichols, a man, Mud, tries to run from the law and find his girlfriend, Juniper, with the help of two boys, Ennis and Neckbone. In, Winter’s Bone, by Debra Granik, a young girl, Ree, takes care of her two younger siblings, Sonny and Ashley, and must prove her fugitive father, who put up their house for bond when he was arrested, is dead or risk losing her house; and in, Brokeback Mountain, by Ang Lee, two men, Ennis and Jack, fall in love while working together one winter, and must figure how to navigate trying to escape their normal lives to secretly see each other as gay men in a homophobic world. Mud, Winter’s Bone, and Brokeback Mountain use violence to reveal…show more content…
When Mud learns Juniper is pregnant with the child of her abusive boyfriend, he finds and kills her abuser. Mud knows that there are going to be consequences for his actions; however, he carries out the act regardless. He clearly cares for Juniper, as he is willing to risk it all to protect her. A sensitive human, like Mud, should feel remorse or sympathy for one who is dying and even more so for ending a life. Seeing that Mud went so far as to end a human’s life for the sake of a girl, he clearly admires her and wants to protect her. His emotions for Juniper are strong enough to take over his clear thinking and sanity. Later in the film, Ellis and Neckbone go to Juniper’s apartment, where they find a bounty hunter attacking her. Ellis intervenes and pushes the man off of her, to which the man retaliates by punching him directly in the face.The violence in this scene directly reveals Ellis’ care for Juniper. If he didn’t truly care for her, he wouldn’t have fought a grown man to save her. Although they have known each other for only a short time, Ellis clearly cares for Juniper as he is willing to risk his own life to protect her. This parallels Mud killing Juniper’s boyfriend as Ellis knows the consequences of this action, but he does it anyway because he cares for…show more content…
When Ree goes to gang leader, Thump Milton, for the second time to get answers about her father, she is captured and beat up by the gang. Teardrop comes and saves Ree and makes the agreement with the gang that, “if she does wrong, [they] can put it on [him].” The violence in this film brings out Teardrop’s love for Ree as he selflessly agrees to put himself in the face of violence to save her from it. If he did not agree to do this, then Ree probably would have been killed, and her siblings would’ve been left with no one to take care of them. By accepting the future fury of this gang Teardrop essentially saves Ree and her siblings lives, revealing his protective nature. Later in the film, the women in the gang take Ree to see her father’s dead body, where she must cut off his hands to prove to the police that he is dead. Having to dismember her own father’s corpse will probably be the hardest mental challenge Ree will face in her life. However, she accepts and conquers the task because of her love for her younger siblings. If she does not prove her father is dead, then her family will lose their house and surely die trying to live on the streets. Ree clearly cares for her siblings as she mentally scars herself to make sure they have a place to
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