First Movie Paper (Stigmata)

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Stigmata , A Religious Analysis Dan Perham
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Stigmata The movie Stigmata is a movie that has religious undertones which are trying to portray the message that one should be spiritual on their own, not through the help of organized religion. The film accomplishes this by portraying the wounds of Christ being received by a girl and the lost gospel of Thomas being written out by the girl while possessed. The stigmata she receives are the wounds Christ received while on the cross, scourging on the back, a crown of thorns on the head, and nails through the wrists and feet, Finally before she received the fifth and final wound, the spear through the heart, the spirit that had possessed her was exercised out of her and she became herself again. During her procession however, Frankie unknowingly wrote the lost scripture of Christ on a wall in her room, which brings attention to the Gospel of Thomas, which is often accredited to being a Gnostic gospel. This lost scripture was the focal point of a conflict between the Roman Catholic Church and Father Andrew Kiernan over the authenticity of the document which had supposedly been written by Christ in his own language. The movie begins with Father Kiernan in a small village in Brazil investigating reports of a statue of the Virgin Mary who
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has begun crying blood after the death of Father Alameida, a man whose true purpose in the movie will be revealed later. The tears of blood are also accompanied by the appearance of doves, which symbolize the Holy Spirit further deepening the religious undertones in this movie. Upon bringing samples back to the Vatican in Rome Father Kiernan discovers that the blood is indeed human blood, however before he receives the chance to go back to the church in Brazil Father Kiernan is instead transferred to The United States to investigate the reports that a young woman, Frankie Paige, has received the stigmata, or the wounds of Christ, that were first received by St. Francis of Assisi, a deeply religious monk who lived in the second century. However, before Father Kiernan reaches America, it is important
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course THL 352 taught by Professor Daas during the Spring '08 term at Elmhurst.

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