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C.J. Gorrell CMLT 280 A Cultural Analysis of the Seventh Seal In Ingmar Bergman’s film, The Seventh Seal, there is a scene in which the  squire Jons enters a church and meets with a painter in the church.  The squire  notices that the squire has been painting the effects of the plague all over the  walls and he begins to question his works. The scenes that are laid out on the  walls are done so in a way that foretells the duration of the movie in a similar  manner to that of a myth or legend. During this scene we get a sense of the  cultural folklore and religion of Europe during the era of the plague as stated by  Bergman’s painter that shows the reader that religion was not the definitive power  of Europe and that mythology had a greater impact on the people of this era. As Jons first enters the room, he immediately questions the first part of the  painting.  In response the painter states that he has painted the dance of death.  We see here a classic example of European mythology.  The dance of death is  used to represent the end of one’s life.  We see the painter drew this with no  representation of Jesus or God; we can assume that the dance of death is a 
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contrasting statement to the catholic view of the afterlife.  With this separate view  of life we see that there is a split in the culture during this time in Europe.  There  is the religious standing in culture that comes from the lower region of Europe,  from the strong catholic based nations, and there is the more Mythological stance  that comes from the Northeastern region, the Anglo-Saxon region.  Being that  this is a film of Sweden, a more centrally located country in Europe, we find that  there are conflictions between the two approaches to life.
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