Ransom and Invictus (Leaders (Leaders who must humble themselves to…
Ransom and Invictus
Leaders who must humble themselves to achieve their goals and to protect themselves
Mandela humbles himself to seem unthreatening and envoke trust in an enemy so as to turn them into an ally and so they will not use their power against him. In the case of the Afrikaners economic and military.
Eastwood is portraying Mandela's social cognizance highlighting his cunning as a leader
BARBARA: You can't keep interrupting affairs of state to placate a minority.
MANDELA: But, I must. This minority still controls the army, the police, and the economy. Without them, we cannot address the other problems.
Priam humbles himself to seem beggarly and envoke pity in an enemy so that they might not use their power against him. In the case of the Greek army, military power.
Malouf here presents values of human compassion and paternal love
Good leaders but bad fathers
Virtue and vulnrebility
Leaders coming from low places
The human experience tracends social barriers
Mandela and Priam are still normal men in their home lives
The scene in which Mandela shaves, the act of shaving is symbolic of him being a man and looking himself in the mirror is to show he is concious of the magnitude of his duty. Priam
Somax is able to relate to Priam through talking about his child and Mandela is able to relate to Francois by analysing their struggles with leadership
Achilles and Priam can relate because of their sons
Hector, Trojans, Priam
Loss and grief
The futility of revenge