One of the first precepts in this movie is the words that the mother narrated about the battle between grace and nature. This is an interesting concept that offers a suggestion about the difference between man and beast, man holding the ability to live with grace. The story of the young boy and his relationship with his family seems to have a diminutive relationship with the evolutionary montage. However, the scene did complicate the story quite a bit especially when one holds the meaning behind the interesting sequence of bacteria, volcanic eruptions, sea creatures, land creates, mammalian type fetus, and other provocative images in your mind while you watch the progression of the families lives. If this scene was cut out o...
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...e main character shows his inner turmoil about whether to stay loyal to the people that brought him to the new world or to go and try to pursue a life with the woman that he loves. Malick uses motifs to aid symbolism in his films such as the blue candle, the attic, and the disfigured man, in “The Tree of Life.”
In conclusion, through an in depth analysis of “The Tree of Life,” and a more broad analysis of Terrence Malick’s other work we can identify Malick as a director with as much distinguishable auteur as Hitchcock or Spielberg. His personal styles of filmmaking can be recognized in all of his films and we see that these tendencies can be traced back to previous points in this man’s life. We also can take a much further look into the symbolism behind “The Tree of Life,” after knowing more about the person who created the concepts for the film in the first place.
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