Aguirre: The Wrath of God

“If I, Aguirre, want the birds to drop dead from the trees the birds will drop dead from the trees. I am the Wrath of God!” Aguirre is portraying two of the main themes throughout this movie in this one quote. First, his greed and selfishness. Second, the altered morals of what they believe it means to be Catholic. We are all just human, nothing more and no one should ever compare themselves to the greatness of God. At the end of the film Aguirre is alone and is soon attacked by a pack of monkeys. He was vulnerable and didn’t have the power of number and brothers one needs to be in the wilderness. It is impossible to complete something by oneself.

Don Lope de Aguirre is part of a Spanish conquest to find the undiscovered land of El Dorado, a land of gold. And like many who are in search of unclaimed gold, he becomes consumed by his greed of riches and power causing him to destroy anything that gets in his way. Greed is the driving force in this film causing the men to harm each other to get a bigger piece of the riches. The newly appointed leader took part in gluttony as he stuffed his face with all of the food on the raft, leaving the others with nothing but crumbs. These poor men were at the point of starvation. The leader had no sympathy for the men and his primary concern was himself.

Another theme in this movie is the role of the catholic church and their constantly changing morals. Brother Gaspar de Carvajal represents the views of the church. One line spoken by the brother that sticks out is when he says, “These natives are hard to convert” after stabbing a native. The brother also exhibits greed when he speaks of replacing his silver cross with a gold one when they reach the city of El Dorado.

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