A Man on Fire

Essay by msbrown390College, UndergraduateB, October 2014

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When I think of A Man on Fire, I immediately think of someone who is strong, and somewhat a daredevil. Looking deeper than my thoughts there are many different qualities of a hero. Courage, honesty, bravery, selflessness, and the will to try are just a few of the overlooked qualities of an American Hero. The definition of heroism changes with the context and time. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines heroism as "heroic conduct especially as exhibited in fulfilling a high purpose or attaining a noble end; the qualities of a hero". Heroes of the past are not necessarily heroes of present time and vise versa.

Looking in this day and age, movie heroes are taking the law into their hands, creating the anti-hero in the long run. Defined by Wikipedia, the anti-hero is a villain or an outsider, but is portrayed somewhat sympathetic. A film that depicts the classic vigilante is Man on Fire by Tony Scott.

The film takes on the idea of revenge with a blend of disturbingly sentimental seriousness and harsh reality. '

John Creasy has the vigilante characteristics that drive him to be an anti-hero. Creasy, however well he hands down earthly consequences, believes devoutly in divine justice. This means that his journey can't end with his violence unto others, and moreover, that his serial sacrifices for the white child so abused by every adult in sightsave for himmake him less admirable than frightening, a spectator of payback that extends far beyond his own experience or representative capacity (Fuchs).

John Creasy in Man on Fire is to present times as Blondie in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was to the past. Creasy seems always to be down, with not much to look forward to in life until he opens up to Pita. Creasy is...