Films of moral struggle final

The amorality of the urban world is made immediately

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dependent on technology while the Amish are dependent on their traditions and ways. The amorality of the urban world is made immediately apparent as moments after first entering its domain Samuel witnesses a grisly murder. This theme is continued to be developed by the rampart corruption that pervades the police force all the way to the top. The message is clear, the urban world is tainted and can not be trusted. Their dependence on technology is also developed in such scenes as when the nefarious police chief's attempts to contact the Amish are frustrated by their lack of phones. Without the aid of technology the police have no way of discerning where the boy or his protector, John Book, have gone. By contrast the world and values of the Amish are presented as far more down to earth, honesty, hard work, non-violence, and tradition. The Amish have a delightful habit of being surprisingly forthcoming, so much so that they often shock their listener. It is simply because in the Amish world there is no need for duplicity or falseness. Their deeper connection to the nature world is also undeniable, as Book learns when he is rudely reminded by Eli at four in the morning that it is milking time. Perhaps the deepest seated Amish value is tradition, the Amish are devoted to what they refer to as their ways, and any deviation from them is condemned. The final showdown of these values comes when the corrupt police force manages to track down Book and Samuel. They charge the farm wielding shotguns and attempt to make a bloody end of the two. Unfortunately for them, Book has been learning from the Amish and using his wits and the world around him he manages to dispatch two of his three pursuers before being captured. The scene culminates in Samuel ringing the farm bell and summoning the entire community, who through the power of community non-violence manage to defeat the corrupt police chief. So in the final moments the film demonstrates that the Amish are a people bound by tradition and loyalty, and when one needs help they all come to the call, whereas in the urban world Book, himself a police officer, can find himself hunted by his own kind.
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