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Set in 1839 Amistad is the true story of a revolt on the Spanish slave ship Amistad whose cargo of 53 Africans rebelled against their captors Captured off the coast of Connecticut when their desperate attempt to sail home failed the Africans are forced to stand trial for the murders of the crew that had held them prisoner To win their freedom the Africans with the help of the abolitionists find themselves taking on not just the Spanish but the entire American system of justiceInternetStephen Spielbergs film The Amistad is an illustrative tale of historys inevitable course On the surface Spielberg relates the journey of Cinque and his people to America In a larger sense however he contrasts a story of passage to America with its simple values and way of life to the arrival of an even more savage life and ideas of the civilization from Africa a story of greater historical significance The characters are not extensively developed instead they are simply presented even understated at a point Spielbergs intent is to draw vivid characterizations and to create objects and characters as symbols with larger meanings Power and authority is the first symbol presented in the story Who had it in the beginning and who ended up with it in the end The superior attitude of the La Amsteds crew and the harsh and cruel treatment of the passengers implies how primitive and unrefined society was In addition to power and authority characters were used as symbols Treated like objects from the beginning a metaphor for the ideals and principles of European society In contrast blacks traditionally were even simpler than whites because they were viewed merely as objects of possession Beyond of this simple representation blacks were also viewed as threats but they actually protected customs valued by their culture for posterity Second the arrival of the ship La Amistad brought forth passengers from another world further
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