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Jacobs Ladder is a film which draws specific conclusions on exactly what takes place in a person right before death and the afterlife which await them Hell is seen as a temporary stop where peoples memories and attachments are taken away so that they can enter heaven cleansed of their past life in order that a new beginning can be had Death is seen as something that should not be feared it only makes your inevitable transition into the next world more difficult while being at peace with yourself at death allows the transition to your afterlife to run smoothly without remorse Heaven is seen as a good place a place of inner tranquillity where there is no pain The cultural attitudes of this film in respect to death and afterlife have undertones of the Christian attitudes toward death and afterlife although large differences do exist The central cultural attitudes toward death and afterlife in this film can be summed up by a quotation from Jakes chiropractor who can also be seen as his guardian angel who said The only thing that burns in hell is the part of you that wont let go of your life your memories your attachments they burn it all away But they arent punishing you theyre freeing your soul The chiropractor also says that the way he sees it If youre frightened of dieing and you keep trying to hold on youll see devils tearing your life away If youve made your peace then the devils are really angels freeing you from the earth The film Jacobs Ladder uses the character of Jacob Singer to demonstrate how the films creators view death and afterlife The central character in the film is a man by the name of Jacob Singer Jake who is in Vietnam in 1971 fighting for the US against the Vietcong The film begins with a surprise attack by the Vietcong on the American camp which started
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