Subjective Narration in “The Night of the Hunter” and “Dead Man”

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Subjective Narration in "The Night of the Hunter" and "Dead Man"
Questions Page A: The event being explored in this essay about The Night of the Hunter and Dead Man is the moment of subjective narration. In The Night of the Hunter, Robert
Mitchum
describes what his “LOVE” and “HATE” tattoos on his fingers mean. In Dead Man,
Iggy
Pop tells a gory version of the tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
B:
Mitchum’s
LOVE HATE story was used in the Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing, except
Mitchum
uses it to describe holy punishment, whereas in Do the Right Thing, this technique was about social justice.
Mitchum’s
character uses the story to defend his instincts as a psychopath on the grounds that he’s a preacher, a holy man. Pop’s gory version of...
The end:
.....made perverse to suit the warped nature of the tellers suits the situation perfectly. With these examples of subjective narration, it is obvious what a potent aspect of cinematic story telling this technique is. It seems to have a black comic centre to it, but that does not belittle the almost awesome eeriness and morbidity we have seen in these two examples of subjective narration by tellers
Mitchum
and Pop.
Bibliography
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Mirimax
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Laughton, Charles. The Night of the Hunter. Hollywood: MGM, 1955.
Macdonald, Scott. A critical cinema: interviews with independent filmmakers. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2006.