Analysis Of 'An Innocent Archetype In Fury'

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An Innocent Archetype War brings out the worst in men; soldiers can only stay innocent for so long until they have to survive the new blood and gore clouded world they’re thrown into. Norman Ellison, portrayed by Logan Lerman in the war movie Fury, is a perfect example of crumbling innocence as he’s forced to kill to live another day. As a young innocent new recruit, who has only been in the war for eight weeks, and trained as a typist, Ellison can 't fathom the fact that he is actually on the front lines in the war against the Nazi 's. With little firearm experience in his life and refusal to kill another human being, Ellison remains under the belief that he is not a killer and that there is still good in everyone. Facing all kinds of ugly…show more content…
Right away the enemies opened fire and the tanks return. Again, Ellison hesitates to shoot, when he finally does, he misses wildly and takes an immense amount of precious time to reload his gun because of his fear of shooting men. After the battle, the men found a new prison and began to take turns taunting him. Ellison stood apart from his comrades, causing him to become an outcast and a big red flag for his sergeant. Collier decided that Ellison needed the experience of killing a man and that he should be the one to end the mans life. As Collier slaps Ellison and wrestles him into position to fire a bullet straight into the prisoner 's head, the man pulls out photos of his wife and children, begging for his life. Ellison closes his eyes tightly, and refuses to take hold of the gun, he goes on about how there is absolutely no way he can take this mans life. Collier is fed up with his newbie acting innocent in a time of life or death situations. He decided it 's time for Ellison to learn a…show more content…
I can’t do it.(Fury Movie Quotes) As his gun goes off, it becomes obvious that a part of Ellison seems to die with his first kill. The image of what he 's done would stick with him for as long as he lived. Horrors of the battlefield burned into the eyes of a once innocent man. This broke all Ellison had ever believed in and he didn’t even do it in his own free will, he would have rather died than to kill that man. When untrained Norman Ellison gets assigned to the Fury team he struggles with the brutal nature of what they do. After several battles, he 's forced to transform into the same men as he sees among his team. Full of fury and out for blood. He is no longer the innocent young typist that entered the war. The moral ground and strong ethics he once held dear, were now buried deep within him. Private Ellison was pushed to do the things he didn’t find ethical and was taught not to show mercy towards his enemies. War broke the innocence he once had through soul-crushing battles. His crew infected him with their madness in order to make him the killer he needed to be, so he’d survive, so they’d all
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