Violence in Cinema: 300

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Violence is the base element for the movie 300. Violence in this film is portrayed as honorable, heroic, and necessary for survival. The film represents violence in a way that most would feel is necessary for survival. Violence has many precursors in this film such as music, settings, and dialogue. Whether it is drums beating or the trembling of the ground beneath thousands of marching soldiers, the viewer is able to deduce when an altercation will lead to violence. The settings of 300 have a lot to do with what is transpiring. In the scene after the initial battle between the Spartans and Persians, the Spartans make a wall out of the dead bodies of their adversaries. This shows how the Spartans were violent out of necessity. The dialogue of King Leonidas, the main character, really lets the viewers in on the mindset of the Spartan war machine and why it acts the way that it does. When he was talking with the Persian negotiator, his change in voice and demeanor along with the simple nod to his queen showed that he was going to escalate to violence and do something drastic which was one of the few precursors to violence in this film. For most of the movie, the tone is surprisingly upbeat due to the Spartan fighting style with a couple of lulls in between such as the death of Astinos, the son of the Spartan Captain, and the final battle in which the Spartans are killed. The tone of the movie returns to its upbeat roots in the last scene when the last remaining original Spartan returns with his own army. This movie employed the use of shock value with the decapitations, throat slicing, stabbing, and spearing. That being said, there is a very high amount of explicit bloodshed. The bloodshed is carefully mastered to show the high level of violence going on in the forefront of the battle and in the background. When it comes to the psychological aspect of
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