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English 101 paper 1 - Spencer Inions English 101 John...

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Spencer Inions English 101 John Herold September 17, 2008 “And shepherds we shall be, for Thee, my Lord, for Thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand that our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command. So we shall flow a river forth to Thee, and teeming with souls shall it ever be.” (Boondock Saints) The previous quote was The McManus Brothers justification and warning that was given to all of the citizens of Boston before their true killing sprees began. The following is a very brief look into their minds compared to the inner workings of the mind of Wayne Burns. I feel that the main point to establish between the two central characters is the pure self-justification of violence and fighting to solve the problems that arise in their lives, whether it be from the own warped mind of Wayne Burns or from the truly Christian ideals set by the McManus Brothers. Both Burns and the brothers reveal their true inner reasons at why they performed such deeds. Comparing the differing views of two different forms of media like Resisting our Culture of Conformity: from the Hills of Southern Ohio and in the Groves of Academe and the film Boondock Saints directed by Troy Duffy is a very challenging and confusing topic. One must look deeply into the motives and thoughts behind each writer’s words to truly pick out exactly what meanings each of the writers were trying to express. Both have a more or less obscure view of the world and how to cope with the problems in it.
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For those unfamiliar with the movie The Boondock Saints, it is summed up as two young brothers who decide that God has sent them on a mission to destroy evil that modern society cannot seem to control, and society (i.e. FBI and other authorities) who is out to stop the “wrongdoers.” When ready and viewing both types of media, one cannot help but see some very obvious comparisons, as well as a few more subtle ideologies that carry through both works. A main point In Burns autobiography is his true separation from the normal confounds of society and the American culture. He makes this very evident even from his early years claiming, “For I saw myself as a little man among likeable kids who weren’t as grown up as I was,” (Burns 37) Even from a very young age, he was in a very different situation from all the rest of the kids of his respective ages. This is the first look into a very dissimilar lifestyle that he would grow into apart from all the other
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