Graduation Year

2010

Date of Thesis Acceptance

Fall 5-10-2010

Major Department or Program

Religion

Advisor(s)

Walter E. Wyman

Abstract

In this cross-disciplinary thesis, I use Paul Tillich’s theological concept, “absolute faith,” and Albert Camu’s philosophical notion of “the absurd” to uncover the Existential dimensions of the 1998 film The Thin Red Line, written and directed by Terrence Malick. The film explores the lives of several soldiers involved in the Battle of Guadalcanal, and I argue that Malick uses the context of World War II as a larger metaphor for the existential conflict that faces human beings. By employing the theology ot Tillich and the philosophy of Camus, I investigate the overarching existential themes of Malick’s film, and conclude that the The Thin Red Line provides its audience with a different perspective, and a subsequent vocabulary with which to navigate meaningfully the inherently tragic terms of human existence.

Page Count

66

Subject Headings

Existentialism, Motion pictures, Battle of Guadalcanal -- Solomon Islands (1942-1943), Theology -- Absolute faith, World War (1939-1945), War Films, Albert Camus (1913-1960), Paul Tillich (1886-1965), Thin red line (Motion picture : 1998), Whitman College 2010 -- Dissertation collection -- Religion Department

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http://hdl.handle.net/10349/884

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Public Accessible Thesis

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