Karma (as shown in a 5-minute video)

“A boomerang returns back to the person who throws it. But first, while moving in a circle, it hits its target. So does gossip.” -Vera Nazarian

I strongly agree with this quote (specifically the first part) because KARMA!

Karma is the belief that in essence states, “be nice to others and they’ll be nice to you.” This is correct, however, there is so much more to it than just that. Karma is a complex concept, not just an elementary-level lesson that all parents teach their children. For example, does karma mean that when you give someone a nice compliment, you’ll immediately win 3 different lotteries, receive an unlimited supply of pizza, and win a trip to the Bahamas right on the spot? Of course not! (Although it would be quite amazing if it was!)

Karma is what happens when a person breaks a promise… It’s the theme of this beautiful, atmospheric tale.

WARNING! THERE’S BLOOD IN THIS VIDEO!

Well? How was it? How was the video? 🙂

(SPOILER ALERT!)

So in this video, a little boy is shown struggling to find shelter in a brutal blizzard. He loses his scarf, passes out, and by now, who can help but feel sympathy for the child? A wolf comes along and takes the boy to her den where she tells him that she’s dying and needs help taking care of her little wolf babies. She tells the boy that she is willing to sacrifice her life to save him as long as he saves her cubs as well. The boy accepts. Then, after he does the deed of killing the wolf, he goes back to the burrow, nut turns back and runs away from the cubs, leaving them to die. How ironic is it when he ends up falling to his own death as well?

So let’s talk about this!

My initial thoughts of this video summed up in one word is “Wow.” This animation definitely captivated me in every way. It had a dark, atmospheric feel, and was just chilling to the bone. Jeff Le Bars, the creator of this film, did a fantastic job depicting humans’ inclination to breaking promises and the fight they put up to survive. Not only that, but he also showed a mother’s passionate love for her children.

“You must kill me. I’ll give my life to save yours.”

Is there even a way to show how much devotion is poured into those two sentences said by the mother wolf? She displayed the ultimate sacrifice/act of loving a mother could possibly give to her children (or cubs in this case.) The wolf was willing to give up her life to save not only her cubs lives, but a random child’s as well! It showed a sort of motherly love and compassion.

But wait right there! The mother wolf was not the only star mother of the film, but the boy’s was too! Yes, she did end up killing her son in the tragic ending, but it was an act she did out of vengeance for her son (whom she thought had died). She didn’t want to think that her son passed without a valid reason to die.

The mother of the boy in this video definitely made me see a connection between her and Antigone from Antigone in the Oedipus plays. Although the mother unintentionally killed her son to avenge him, Antigone didn’t kill anyone. She was only seeking a funeral for her fallen brother. Both however, did show some kind of “paying back” to their loved one, meaning well.

All in all, I think this was an excellent film that stirred up my emotions and sparked my heart in 5 minutes!

-Dorothy

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2 thoughts on “Karma (as shown in a 5-minute video)

  1. Good analysis Dorothy! Where did you find this video? It is quite beautiful. I took the action of the boy’s mother in a different way. For me, she didn’t kill out of vengeance but out of protection. Similarly, the wolf died to protect and ensure that her cubs would survive. But I enjoyed the comparison between the mother wolf and the boy’s mother. That was definitely done purposefully, it was the mother who grabbed the gun and pulled the trigger. This is interesting because it is usually the men and fathers who have that instinctive protector quality. But here, it is the mother’s that is showcased.

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