Allegories and Summarization
There Will Be Blood starts with the three stories about oil and water, the allegory story about capitalism and religion’s guise. The first story is about an egg business. The owner stated that other egg businesses were sinners because their eggs were born from adulterous chickens. He advised his company to use religion’s guise and said that his eggs are very healthy and not adultery. The second story concerns a person asking for donations from an orphanage. By using the appearance of a gimmicky orphanage, he can earn money and buy whatever he wants. The third story is about a religious person who judges a city with a majority of other religions. He asked if it was a judgment for them. When his city has the same majority religion as him, he said that it was a test from an almighty god.
In their epic loss to be Eli Sunday, chess’s decisive battle ended with God’s bitter defeat and victories on business people and capitalism, portrayed by Daniel Plainview. The raw, transactional worldview of greed, disguises, fixture, morality, and devices is evidenced in the 19th-century setting, as the early and the mid, to 20th century, as the end of the era. Daniel was born from the deep soil, from the slum, dirty and rotten, but of course, he ended up being the same. He finished up in a large though empty mansion, throwing in his son, HW. The latter wants to compete, trample a religion trying to be capitalists and trying to disguise itself in supernatural obscurations. Does morality seem ambiguous hereabouts, and who is the right guy in the situation?
The Real God and Pawns
Simply put, it is how Daniel forces his opponent and his competition to admit that he is a false prophet before him. Daniel is God, using the milkshake and straw analogy, referring to the way he drinks blood, leads to oil, in many cases using the drilling and the pipeline. God is a superstition to Eli. Daniel forced him to admit it. Eli, who uses God’s appearance as an image and representation for the public, confessed to Daniel after losing a lot of money on personal appeals. In conclusion, Daniel is the Third Revelation, refers to the church where Eli is the savior of his religion. Daniel finished it all in the bowling alley, like in a chess game where only the remaining king stayed on while triumphantly exploiting other pawns for their competition.
Daniel Plainview remains far more desolate from any moral sense and is the most complex character in any medium. It represents religious morality towards people who used faith as a tool with the anarchism and fanaticism enclosure. Loosely based on Upton Sinclair’s Oil!, it focuses on the rise, denial as the settle, and fall of an ambitious yet magnate oilman. He is a fundamentalist yet wants to achieve everything. He hates people who try to compete with him. However, the one thing he hated the most was the way his ambition and wealth grew to sustain him. Our attention is drawn directly to the 10-minutes of the opening scene. We see a struggle against materialistic and diverse elements.
Along with his colleagues, on the way, he adopted a small child, HW. He used the fun land appendix as an asset: a means of communication and empathy for the public. Daniel had to sacrifice everything from his back, injuries, loss, and destruction throughout his journey.
Manifestations of Religion
Daniel Plainview doesn’t hate religion. He embodies the motif of how moral continuity doesn’t apply to his character. On balance, Daniel never engages in any other subject when negotiating with other characters. The dinner table scene where Daniel has a negotiation with Eli’s father is the first highlight. Daniel never felt interested in Eli’s motivation. Yet, Eli always cut off Daniel’s conversation. When Eli asked what brought Daniel to his ranch, Daniel never felt interested or left disposition.
Daniel Plainview is just an embodiment of selfishness, cynicism, nothingness, and, of course, capitalism. This manifestation reveals itself through his decision between saving his son or saving his burning oil mine. When he learned that HW had lost his hearing, one thing Daniel was afraid of was that he had lost his fun land. He has no valuable assets: family, impressions, and empathy.
Additionally, Eli indirectly used his religion. He’s just a preacher trying to serve the public. Eli has clear patterns but covers them with illusions and shadows of religion. It is a sin when you don’t believe it and sin when he says he’s a sinner. Eli’s desire to be followed by many attendants refers to him wanting to achieve individualistic free will. However, this power is misused when the unrealized illusion of God is nothing but meaningless. Simply put, he never realized that Daniel Plainview is his God and the Third Revelation.
Daniel Plainview shows himself as a father. He narrated the story if he traveled from city to city, how his wife died, and how his wife gave birth to a holy child named HW. He promised the public a lack of hope and knowledge, such as promising education like schools, water wells, jobs, new roads, new industries, and others. We never see such things. Plainview oil drilling is a symptom of the relationship between corruption, lies, nobility in society, and the wrongful justification of privilege. Moral sentiment begins to exaggerate, and society’s belief does not exist. In other words, there was only an over-promised aristocracy. Plainview sees all the benefits as a means for its inheritance.
“God is Dead” is an incomprehensible quote quoted by Friedrich Nietzsche. There are many interpretations of why Nietzsche hates God so much. Not counting his life always refers to hatred and revenge against God. God refers to the conscience of humans who have died. Morals no longer have a determining value when conscience and belief are too egosyntonic. In essence, God’s not dead, but consciousness kills God itself. Nietzsche’s thought and the embodiment of Plainview are an abundance of power, overflowing power, and abuse of rights, just like Eli Sunday.
The key of There Will Be Blood emphasized capitalism and religion’s guise through both of the characters. They master their mortality but always hesitate when they never play in their territory. Daniel’s petroleum and Eli’s religion are their safe zone. All of this mediocrity refers to who is most worthy to control or to be controlled. It is power against its environment. It is a question of knowing who shifts the power of the dominant morality.
Under the Skin
There Will Be Blood left a strange and horrifying impression on the audience as a film about capitalism and religion’s guise. However, one of the highlights of the movie is the ending. Many interpretations exist if this is the pin bowler: Daniel collapsed into insanity while killing his prey, Daniel’s alter-ego after him, and Eli as Paul Sunday’s incarnation. The idea is that it remains a bigger question: how the representation of capitalism tramples religion or how the madman’s psychoanalysis illustrates who acts as immoral just like a monster. In short, it is a test of the morality system. Is this self-destruction or the shadow of the capitalists and liberals trying to close up our illusions?
In the Marxist class, everyone accepts moral constraints regarding their behavior, race, sexual orientation, beliefs, and skin color. Nonetheless, it is tough to be free when the free constant is still attached to each individual. To clarify, the fabrication is the point. Even the independent and most powerful group in the world can silence everyone without knowing the difference again. Have we been oppressed and exploited all this time? In this era of postmodernism, majesty is the quickest way to expose everybody. However, we never know who they are. They still hide from the shadows of the past, history, and identity.
As a result, America, and around the world, loves money. Everyone loves money. However, what are people most afraid of when materialism changes in other forms? Is this an indirect sheep battle? Are we in a time when violence is part of the soul? If not, it could be two of our competitors, Daniel and Eli, who only hate each other more than blood. There will always be blood, which played as capitalism and religion’s guise. Such blood is a story of past delivery, whether it is an ideology, belief, sexual orientation, or, quite simply, misunderstanding and ignorance. Just don’t think it is all forbidden while you’re still a hypocrite to sell your adultery egg and innocent God.
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