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Sling Blade Film directed by and screen play by Billy Bob Thornton Theme Sling Blades main theme is the redemption of Karls lost childhood Karl Childers overly religious parents believed he was a punishment from God They severely abused him treated him like an animal and forced him to live in a shed in solitude Everyone in town picked on him and called him names He was seen as a retard or slower than others He had little to call his own His only possessions were a Bible and several books on Christmas and carpentry Karl was taught the Bible as a child but it wasnt really the Bible The stories they told him were not in the Bible His parents had made up their own stories and had led him astray on the rights and wrongs of life When Karl was 12 years old interrupted what he believed to be the raping of his mother He took charge and killed the man with a sling blade He than found out his mother had wanted it so he killed her too When he killed his mother and her lover he thought he was doing the right thing Karl believed that if you have to sacrifice to do the right thing than you should do it Karl was locked away in a nut house for the next 25 years for rehabilitation and correction After Karls release he quickly made a new friend Frank The young boy accepted Karl with out question because he seemed to be more childlike than man The two become soul mates Karl related to Frank through his childlike manner as well as his parental setup Franks mother was a widow dating an alcoholic abusive man Doyle Karl saw himself in Frank and decided to watch over him The parallelism between the two characters was shown throughout the movie The love they shared will save them The boys
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