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Pirates of the Caribbean: At world’s end


On immortality

Will’s father sold his soul to the devil. Now Will must save his father’s soul, whom he loves, & lose his life & the woman he loves in the process. In his father, he must save the morality that drove him to his death. To hedge in regret and fear, he must make death seem beautiful. That penchant for suicide & sacrifice has come back with a passion. Meanwhile, the devil is something of a gambler, so daring is required. & unlike his father, Will learnt enough from pirates to survive.

Everywhere, this question arises: is there a fate worse than death? Will’s example suggests that there is – & braving it is the path to immortality. He would rather die than betray that which men need most, justice. We may say without impropriety that belief in nobility & sacrifice, the most demanding condition of justice, leads souls to the land of the dead. Men must be shown that justice is rewarded & injustice punished: & so know their reward after death.

The land of the dead is in disarray. This is because its navigator has quit his post, because his beloved, the sea, betrayed him, which was expectable, when you think about it. Just another guy whom Calypso promised immortality… The pirates, in council, used this lovers’ quarrel to imprison said goddess of the sea, because they also feel the sea is too fickle. Man is faced with the major problem of his own nature & his recourse is to controlling utterly the rest of nature, as epitomized by the raging sea.

Then the British are coming. You’ve never seen so many petty men so little afraid to die. Then again, they have hundreds of ships, a great army, & an empire behind then. In fact, there is something ironic about the surprise on their faces & the smiles on ours when they get blasted to the depths. Fear of death is all around us, but we dare not notice. We must bring ourselves to consider the problem – the poet kindly offers these fantastic stories to help us.

Jack Sparrow figures out the contradiction & the essential unity of things to escape from hell. He has to understand how to turn up from down. Surprisingly, two Jacks Sparrow, call them angel & devil Jack, attempt to persuade him of different courses of actions; their contradiction, opinions, & bellicose manner enlighten him. One proposes immortality, the other rum. Jack Sparrow puts two together to learn why he is in hell. One thing is idealism, love of freedom: in hell, it looks like tyranny, Jack Sparrow tormenting a crew of Jacks Sparrow. The other is neediness: in hell, it looks like a ship in the desert (rock crabs replace the water). Otherwise put, Barbossa has a map of things; but Jack Sparrow has the compass.

For fans of the series; high seas battles all around

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Go Here to Read the Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Go Here to Read the Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 1
Go Here to Read the Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2