Movie Review: Black Robe

Black Robe was truly an interesting movie, it depicted the contrasting  actions of the French settlers and the Native Americans. Black Robe was set in New France in 1634 in the period of conflict known as the Beaver Wars. The Jesuit missionaries are trying to encourage the local Algonquin Indians to embrace Christianity. Hence and with this, Samuel de Champlain, founder of the settlement, sends Father LaForgue, a young Jesuit priest, to find a distant Catholic mission in a Huron village. Father LaForgue is accompanied on his journey a non-Jesuit assistant, Daniel, and a group of Algonquin Indians who were to be in charge of guiding LaForgue to the Huron village. Throughout the movie you could see that both sides, the French and Native Americans, regard each other in a negative and condescending way. The French refer to the Native Americans as “savages” and Native Americans refer to the French as “stupid”. This furthermore creates tension and unsettling feelings on both sides. One of Father LaForgue’s  missions is to convert the Native Americans to Christianity. The mission is so important to Father LaForgue, because he believes that the Native Americans are “naive”. He doesn’t quite understand their beliefs. Father LaForgue believes that the only way the only way that they could be be saved and make it into heaven was to covert to Christianity. He believed that in order to be a good person you need to believe in God. Thus, Father LaForgue’s understanding of the conversion of the Natives to be more of a right of action, as a priest he takes pride in following the laws of his religion and thinks in order to get into the ultimate destination, being Heaven, that you must live a pure life. Finally, Father LaForgue feels like he must covert the Natives because it’s his duty as a priest to “save” them and spread the word of God.

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