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Part II-Final2 - 1 Part II Film Interpretation...

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1 Part II: Film Interpretation Gladiator (2000) In the first stage of the movie, Maximus is a powerful Roman general who is loved by the people and the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. In Gladiator, Maximus goes through multiple stages ranging from being the soon to be emperor, to a slave, and finally to a gladiator. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death. The powerful general is unable to save his family, and his loss of will allows him to get captured and put into the Gladiator games until he dies. The only desire that fuels him now is the chance to rise to the top so that he will be able to look into the eyes of the man who will feel his revenge. In the beginning of the film, Maximus Decimus Meridias has been named the keeper of Rome and its empire by Marcus Aurelius. This is proposed so that the rule might pass from the Caesars back to the people and the senate. Marcus Aurelius is a dying old man and he knows that his time is coming soon. He meets his son Commodus in the dark house that which he lives. He asks Commodus if he is ready to do his duty for Rome. Marcus Aurelius then informs him that he will not be the emperor of Rome. Aurelius then tells him “My powers will move on to Maximus”. Aurelius informs him that he wants the power to go to senate, and that Rome is to be a republic again. When Commodus hears this he is enraged, and smothers his father in his jacket, suffocating and killing him. Monica Cyrino describes Commodus as “harboring vicious fantasies of hurting others to alleviate his own emotional pain” (Monica Cyrino, Big Screen Rome , p.234). I believe this is an accurate description for Commodus during this scene because he is very emotional while he kills his father. After murdering Marcus Aurelius, Commodus planned to have Maximus executed in order to secure his claim to the throne, and his family murdered. After he escapes execution by
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2 killing multiple guards, Maximus does a hard ride on his horse all the way to Spain where his wife and son live on his farm. He is worried that Commodus might have killed them, and he arrives to the grim scene of his son and wife hanging from a wooden structure. After taking his journey home, Maximus passes out from having lost too much blood from his wound. While he is unconscious, he is abducted by slave traders. Maximus recovers from his wound with the help of another captured slave named Juba. Both he and Juba end up being the property of Proximo and they are put to work as gladiators. I would call this stage in Maximus’ life his slave stage. At this point, Maximus lives only that he might someday take his revenge and fulfill the dying wish of his emperor. His sole ambition is to have revenge on Commodus. In this part in the movie there is currently a love triangle. Lucilla loves Maximus, but Maximus is still in love with his wife who was recently killed. He wants nothing more but to see his wife and son again. Maximus wants to settle the score with Commodus for what he has done to his wife and child,
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This note was uploaded on 08/25/2008 for the course CLST 214 taught by Professor Cyrino during the Spring '08 term at New Mexico.

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