There Will Be Blood: A Character Analysis of Daniel Plainview (Part 2) - MTV
His working relationship with Daniel Day-Lewis on There Will Be Blood marked a departure from his “PTA Acting Ensemble” that had previously. There are a lot of elements in Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood that make it special. It is excellently approached aesthetically. Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood marked a rare power relationship as a symptom of 'democratic' decadence and corruption.
Both men are ambitious for wealth and power, they have simply chosen different means of getting it. Nietzsche observed that the saint is a fascinating riddle to us because we wonder at how anyone can have such strength of will.
Surely the asceticism must be being endured for a reason? Not long after the first accident, an equally horrible one occurs at the well, leaving the young H. In the midst of the tragedy, with H. No one can get at it except for me!
With chaos and devastation all around, he sees the vast potential that lies within this raw power. This is why Eli Sunday is particularly annoying to Plainview. Plainview knows that his choices have exacted their toll, but this is the price of being decisive, ambitious and ultimately successful. He will not give up his enterprising spirit just because it is sometimes costs more than the average man can bear. We saw him injured in the opening sequence while digging in a deep hole.
We have seen his filthy hands and his face covered in dirt and oil, and we know that his power comes from the same source. The metaphor is one of evolution — of man the species who has emerged from dust, from lower forms of life, and who survived through his adaptation and overcoming of adversity.
By contrast, Sunday is a soft, effete, solicitous fellow who in Nietzschean terms is unfit for survival. He is an embodiment of everything Nietzsche despised about Christianity.
Indeed, Sunday attempts to do this by trying to make Plainview ashamed of the very character traits — independence, will, ambition, fearlessness, strength, decisiveness — that make the viewer admire him. But Plainview feels no moral guilt.
He described the liberal dream of social conditions of equality and justice as the invention of a life form that has lost all its organic functions. And it is precisely out of resentment — because he cannot fight back against the stronger, more influential oilman — that Eli Sunday goes home from his embarrassing run-in with Plainview to abuse his frail and defenceless father.
Of course, we know that it was not Abel who made the decision, but Eli himself. God… God has told me what you must do. You should be washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. The resulting scene is probably the best in the film. Plainview arrives at the Church of the Third Revelation for his baptism. From a Nietzschean perspective it is Eli who rejects the blood — the blood of life with all of its cruelty; the bloodshed that comes from the strong expressing their strength, and conquering, exploiting, injuring and being injured.
Eli Sunday relishes this chance to humiliate and take revenge. This oil pipeline is likened to a vein, supplying the lifeblood of the industrial revolution and powering a whole planet towards prosperity and as we now know, possible destruction.
This gives Eli the leverage he needs to suggest that Plainview develop and drill for the oil on the plot, for which privilege? Plainview agrees to the terms on the condition that Eli confesses that he is a false prophet and that God is a superstition. The tables are turned. The scene is a reversal of the baptism, except that it is not public. When Eli has finished making his excruciating confession, Plainview tells him the bad news: Now it is Plainview who revels in his revenge: It was Paul who was chosen.
He found me and told me about your land. I broke you and I beat you. It was Paul told me about you. He knew what was there and he found me to take it out of the ground.
At this point, Plainview begins chasing Eli around his private bowling alley with a bowling pin as the latter begs him to stop. Finally Plainview beats Eli Sunday with the pin, leaving him dead in a pool of blood. As he collapses beside his prey, Daniel Plainview appears to have gone mad.
Should we condemn his ideas and acts as immoral? The price of constraining those whose power would otherwise allow them to oppress and exploit weaker people, is that the most powerful have to give up some of their natural advantage. Nietzsche felt that it would be better to constrain no one and let nature weed out the weak.
4Film Blog: There Will Be Blood: In Relation to Daniel Plainview
Over the course of the film a drifter arrives and produces Plainview family letters proving, he claims, that he is the long lost half brother to Daniel Plainview. Brothers, he says, by the same wandering father.
Plainview takes the man in, treats him as blood, opens up to him emotionally, and begins to teach him the family business. Later, Plainview finds that he's been deceived, lied to, that this man is not his brother, but a charlatan. At the time this is discovered the two men are camping alone in the far western outback. Plainview, with a gun to the man's head, pulls the trigger, firing a bullet through this newfound stranger's brain, and quickly buries him in a shallow grave. The act is brutal but understandable and something that would not seem out of place in a novel by Larry McMurtry.
This type of deceit is worse than that of a horse thief, and at the time it is discovered, possibly the only right thing to do. This "brother," this criminal, could have just as easily been planning to kill Plainview and to return to camp alone to claim the Plainview fortune as his own. It is not an easy thing, but in the situation, it could be argued that this was the cold, rational thing to do."There Will Be Blood" - I Hate Most People HD
Having lost all ties to family, Plainview spirals downward and, finally, walls himself up inside a mansion, haunting the corridors with a rifle he uses as a popgun, plinking away at trinkets he stacks as if his house were a county fair carnival game. In the last meeting between Plainview and H. The ownership of rational thought, the crown of the parent, has now been passed from father to son.
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Plainview is hurt by H. The only thing Plainview has available to use against H. His all too common focus on blood, rather than family, is what eventually tears open his soul, as is evidenced during the instantly classic scene of his baptism with Plainview thundering, "I've abandoned my boy! I've abandoned my boy!