Robert Dinero's The Mission

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The Mission (1986) starring Robert DiNero, is set during the year 1750. The movie shows the life of the Jesuits, who are a type of priest, and their missions in Brazil. The cultures of countries like Spain and Portugal are also shown. The movie begins in a small Indian village that sits above a waterfall. This village is shown in a couple of perspectives. First, the viewer is shown a Jesuit Priest named Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons). Initially, the viewer sees Father Gabriel’s attempt at converting the Indian village to the Jesuit beliefs. The other point of view that is shown is men from Spain entering a different but similar village, taking many of the Indian people, and selling them as slaves in their homeland. Both perspectives are consistent during the duration of the film. Eventually, the viewer gets to experience the trust and relationships grow between the Jesuit priest and the Indian people. Besides the impact of the priest on their beliefs and religion, the Jesuits were able to bring a sense of civilization to the village and help to improve their quality of life. They would teach basic things like how to build buildings with a real foundation, base, and structure. Their actions…show more content…
In the agreement, Spain and Portugal split western cevilization into two parts where Spain and Portugal each ended up with a half. When the agreement was readjusted, Portugal was able to have ownership of more of the land, but the missionaries were there and already doing missions. In an effort to assist Portugal’s economy, responsibility went to the Spanish to get the missionaries out of Portugal’s newly acquired land. Portugal would be impacted by the furtherance of the Jesuits because of the slave trade. The Indians would continue to have a spiritual leader and be growing in their faith if the Jesuits stayes, in order to corrupt their faith, the Jesuits needed to go

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