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    Subject: Re: all for a lack of reason and compassion
    Date: Aug 7, 2007
    Sender: HarshaPrevious | Next

    The boy did feel guilty at the end. That's the reason he shouts "Hibiscus"(The word that his teacher taught him) in addition to "Atheist" and "Red". His purpose was to let his dear teacher know that he didn't really mean those words and was compelled to say by the situation.

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    all for a lack of reason and compassion

    This was indeed a very moving film. The civil war period in Spain, during which the plot takes place, was obviously a time of conflict, but I think the main idea of the movie goes beyond the maladies of war and investigates the dangers of obscuring reason through emotions such as fear, hatred, and lust(to name a few). From a small scale, such as when Moncho doesn't stop to to help his teacher when he sees him feeling sick and instead goes to fulfill a curious desire, when he forgets about the microscope and is distracted by the girls in the lake, the list goes on until when he throws a rock at his teacher. All these actions value instinct over reason, which for a child is expected. However, we are left with the impression that everyone else, but the martyrs who stood up for a cause, act in the same childlike manner. Moncho's mother should never have made him shout and of course it wasn't really his choice. A parent has a large influence in a child's life and if she told him to do it, he would think it's ok. I don't think he even felt guilty or understood what was going on. Even though the movie has many strong points, it sadly brings up one issue that has plagued history: It's unfortunate to see the errors of organized religion and such a misrepresentation of what the sacred scriptures truly stands for. Besides that, I think films like "Butterfly" are crucial because it does the job of exposing human frailty so that we learn the importance of choosing to do the right thing.






    Comment index:

  • Butterfly   from Debbie M, Dec 6, 2000
  • Beautiful   from Brendan Willy, Dec 14, 2000
  • a civil war from a different view   from Eva, Mar 5, 2002
  • Re: a civil war from a different view   from Khanh, Mar 11, 2002
  • Re: a civil war from a different view   from Mario, Apr 25, 2004
  • Movie Review   from Ashley Steward, Mar 8, 2002
  • Good Movie!   from Huy, Mar 11, 2002
  • Butterfly   from Shinae Kim, Mar 11, 2002
  • Butterfly   from Alina, Mar 11, 2002
  • Comments   from Huong, Mar 11, 2002
  • Comments   from Tsai, Mar 12, 2002
  • Rated 4.899 star   from David S., Mar 12, 2002
  • Butterfly   from Regina Paige, Mar 12, 2002
  • Great Movie   from Wayne (Central-262), Mar 12, 2002
  • Comments   from Vu Nguyen, Mar 12, 2002
  • standing up for what you believe in   from Pauline Kahney, Jul 27, 2004
  • Comments - Anthony V. 262!!!   from Anthony V., Mar 14, 2002
  • Mariposa   from Raul Antonio Garcia, May 27, 2002
  • One of the best films ever made   from K.Yinger, May 29, 2004
  • all for a lack of reason and compassion   from Alexandra Peixoto, Jan 27, 2005
  • » Re: all for a lack of reason and compassion «   from Harsha, Aug 7, 2007
  • Beautiful Movie   from Gena Padilla, Feb 18, 2005
  • La lengua de las mariposas   from Alisa Noble, Sep 26, 2005
  • Butterfly   from Ryan Phillips, Sep 28, 2005
  • Butterfly Movie review   from Eleanor Coffey, May 23, 2006
  • Butterfly   from Teresa, Jul 3, 2007
  • Butterfly is beautiful!   from Sarah, Aug 1, 2007
  • Butterfly   from Debbie M, Dec 6, 2000
  • Beautiful   from Brendan Willy, Dec 14, 2000
  • a civil war from a different view   from Eva, Mar 5, 2002
  • Re: a civil war from a different view   from Khanh, Mar 11, 2002
  • Re: a civil war from a different view   from Mario, Apr 25, 2004
  • Movie Review   from Ashley Steward, Mar 8, 2002
  • Good Movie!   from Huy, Mar 11, 2002
  • Butterfly   from Shinae Kim, Mar 11, 2002
  • Butterfly   from Alina, Mar 11, 2002
  • Comments   from Huong, Mar 11, 2002
  • Comments   from Tsai, Mar 12, 2002
  • Rated 4.899 star   from David S., Mar 12, 2002
  • Butterfly   from Regina Paige, Mar 12, 2002
  • Great Movie   from Wayne (Central-262), Mar 12, 2002
  • Comments   from Vu Nguyen, Mar 12, 2002
  • standing up for what you believe in   from Pauline Kahney, Jul 27, 2004
  • Comments - Anthony V. 262!!!   from Anthony V., Mar 14, 2002
  • Mariposa   from Raul Antonio Garcia, May 27, 2002
  • One of the best films ever made   from K.Yinger, May 29, 2004
  • all for a lack of reason and compassion   from Alexandra Peixoto, Jan 27, 2005
  • » Re: all for a lack of reason and compassion «   from Harsha, Aug 7, 2007
  • Beautiful Movie   from Gena Padilla, Feb 18, 2005
  • La lengua de las mariposas   from Alisa Noble, Sep 26, 2005
  • Butterfly   from Ryan Phillips, Sep 28, 2005
  • Butterfly Movie review   from Eleanor Coffey, May 23, 2006
  • Butterfly   from Teresa, Jul 3, 2007
  • Butterfly is beautiful!   from Sarah, Aug 1, 2007