In Tolkien's Lord of The Rings saga four characters are specifically Christ-Like. Both wandered to a fig tree at the conclusion of their fasts. His religion had a eucharist. Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, are tossed in the river and left for dead. It is an epic fantasy story on par with The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars. Her story also features elements of prophecy, pits her against an enemy that wears the image of the serpent as his symbol, and tasks her with attempting to save the world. Simon also is portrayed like Christ physically, he is skinny and not a strong person.
Then, of course, there's also Jesus in the various movies about Jesus. Believe it or not Jesus often comes to save many of your favorite geek characters. Harry Potter is clearly a Christ figure as would be John Coffey in the Green Mile or a bunch of other characters in Stephen King stories. Fellow inkling, Tolkien, divided his Christ figure into offices: prophet, priest and king. Aragorn is the only figure who successful takes on the role of leadership and embraces his destiny to be a king. Those are from explicitly Christian authors, but Christ figures are not limited to such stories. It works like magic and is used to defeat evil.
You know I am kind of disappointed there are no women on this list. His Christ imagery was more emphasized in the film series. Although the film series makes many visual and textual references to various religions, many Christ figure parallels exist. One of the first miracles that both performed was to make a leper whole. Stephen Kumalo: Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country 1948 14.
Billy may be my favorite Christ figure because the message he leaves behind is so powerful and expressed so beautifully here. The description of Simon in the jungle, and Jack in the woods highlights many of their differences. For example in chapter three, 'Huts on the beach', many contrasts and similarities are made between the two characters Jack and Simon. Both are doubly related to the Supreme God. At the movie's ending, Leonidas, along with the rest of his 300 Spartans, stay behind to defend a narrow pass against their vastly more numerable Persian foe.
Both selected disciples to spread his teachings. However, he resurrects back to life, gives a stern benediction to the people of Earth, and then ascends back to the heavens. Jor-El here takes the form of God and seeing that humanity is good sends his only son to help guide them. But Harry of course is a Christ figure and rose again to fight another day. The deaths of Simon and Jesus also had many things in common. Both were sent from heaven to earth in the form of a man.
He began his ministry at age 30. He is a member of the choir. Taxi Driver You may have to see past the intensely disturbing violence in the films last act, but it is hard to deny that aspects of Travis Bickles character bare resemblance to Christ. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. In fact Aslan is probably the only one on this list that fits nearly perfectly into the Christ role, again because Lewis was writing an allegory. Aragorn becomes the King who shall reign in righteousness, an aspect of the believed Christ of a Second Coming.
One of my favorite screen leaders can be found in the slightly dated but still effective British film, To Sir With Love. Journal of Religion and Faith. Romulus is hailed as the son of god. Tolkien, Catholicism and the Use of Allegory. Oscar: Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda 1988 22. She spends the entire amount on a lavish thanksgiving feast for the poor villagers who had welcomed her.
In the end an all-out war between the heroes—those with and against Superman—happens, while the humans simultaneously decide to bomb where all the heroes are fighting. Understanding The Lord of The Rings: The Best of Tolkien Criticism , 29. Subsequent fate of the baptiser: Beheaded. The parallel between Christ and the cross and Frodo and the ring is made even more explicit by Sam helping to carry the ring and Frodo up to Mount Doom when the weight gets too heavy for him, in the same manner that Simon the Cyrenian helped Christ carry the cross. Please by adding more descriptive text and removing.
Gandalf takes on the Balrog alone, knowing that none of the fellowship were strong enough to conquer such a beast. Nevertheless, Tolkien makes sure not to present anything like a one-on-one parallel to Christ: Frodo is unmistakably presented as suffering from the effects of the in the sense of Catholic theology, in which it is not incompatible with being a genuinely friendly, not unheroic person of certain good-will , which does lead to a major false choice that has to be outdone by ; and he travels to the Undying Lands - an , not Heaven - in order to find bodily healing and a possibly long, but finite life in peace. Frodo is another Christ figure. Don Quixote: Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote 1605, 1615 2. Billy Batson is a boy magically given the gift to be the great Captain Marvel, but Billy and the Captain are the same person, but also separate. .
These descriptions give an idea to their personality and feelings. However, there are a group of characters who possess so many Christ-like qualities or whose part in the narrative bares so much resemblance to Christian parable that it's difficult to not start drawing parallels with the son of God. Let the Sun Shine In: The Genius of Hair Heinemann, 2003 , pp. Archived from on January 12, 2009. Jesus Christ Superstar, Passion of the Christ, The Life of Brian albeit a parody about someone mistaken to be the Christ. These are the first references to December 25 as the birthday of Jesus. Odysseus is plagued with unfaithful and dim-witted companions who display tragic flaws.