The Transformations of Protagonists in War Movies Due to the Influence of His Enemies.

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The sound of bullets whizzing over your head is accompanied with the deafening explosion of artillery shells beside your feet. Yet you trudge persistently across the muddy field over the dead bodies of your fellow soldiers to the enemy line. You stare him right in the eye, and for a fraction of a second you peer into his soul before your finger instinctively squeezes the cold trigger and his head explodes right before your eyes. Who have you killed? Did this “villain” deserve that bullet from the barrel of your gun? These are the unanswered questions often veiled by the fogs of war and the hectic pace of fighting in real life combat. On the other hand, Hollywood explores and accentuates this ambiguous and complicated relationship between the protagonist and his enemies in a lot of war movies. In the process, these movies reveal many psychological and philosophical implications of why people act the way they do in war.

We are often influenced by the actions of our enemies. Hence, in war movies, the interaction between the protagonists and their enemies will have a direct impact on the protagonists, allowing them to undergo a transformation and in the process gain a greater understanding of themselves as well as their purpose in the war.

Imagine for all your life, you are told what is right and what is wrong, yet you can never ascertain the validity of these statements. In essence, you are locked up in a prison cell, gazing out at a barred window to only get a narrow glimpse of the world. For some soldiers, life is just like that. They are told who the enemies are and why they must be destroyed. Yet they will never know if they are fighting for the right cause based on their...