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In Bruges: Harry, Ray, Ken as Schillian archetypes

In Martin McDonagh’s action-tragicomedy film "In Bruges," the assassin Harry represents the overbearing State-figure that philosopher Friedrich Schiller warns about in his Fourth Letter in "On the Aesthetic Education of Man." Harry’s employees, Ray and Ken, are "The Man," subjected to Harry’s authority. How does the movie express these characters as Schillian archetypes?

  • Really really happy someone wants to discuss this movie. Actually after reading the script and re-watching, I had an idea for a similar article, but comparing it to Dante's Inferno. I've never read Schiller, so I'd love to learn about it in this context. – Travis Cohen 5 years ago
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  • Have you taken a look at McDonagh's screenplay A Behanding in Spokane? I think you might be able to find some similarities between the two sources. Attempt to tie his writing into multiple sources. – LukeRMcLaughlin 5 years ago
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