Film Analysis: Anna and the King & the Last Emperor

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Connor Williams Mrs. Johnson ENC 1101 12 March 2012 Film Analysis: Anna and the King & The Last Emperor Monarchs throughout the ages have faced many tribulations throughout their reign. Some face rebellion, others face political upheaval, some must defeat themselves. The films Anna and the King and The Last Emperor both portray a monarch facing the changes within his country. However, of the two, Anna and the King is a much more enjoyable movie for its portrayal of its monarch, King Mongkut, because King Mongkut is a much more admirable character to follow, his tribulations are more relatable to the viewer, and the clash between east and west in his kingdom is a broader theme that more viewers can understand. Anna and the King’s portrayal of King Mongkut surpasses The Last Emperor’s portrayal of Emperor Puyi making it a much more enjoyable movie to watch. While the two monarchs have much in common, Anna and the King and The Last Emperor portray their monarchs in a very different light. King Mongkut is a strong king who wishes to change his nation for the better. He wishes to incorporate western and eastern ideals into his nation, allowing his county to expand politically, economically, and socially in a rapidly westernizing world. However, Emperor Puyi is an emperor who never sees beyond his own grasp. He is taken to become emperor at a young age and from the infancy he is treated as a god, his every whim catered to, he grows to be a spoiled, selfish man. When he loses his seat of power, he wants nothing more than to get it back (after years of complaining about how he hated it) for his own selfish desires. King Mongkut is a man of more admirable qualities, making his character a more inspiring being on screen than that of Emperor Puyi. King Mongkut represents a great man who must make hard choices allowing the viewer to fall under his cloud of

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