Jetty 2.2 The Road to Perdition (Father and son relationship (he saves…
Jetty 2.2 The Road to Perdition
The state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful person passes after death.
after the tragedy of losing his son and wife, the road to perdition is the road that sullivan is trying to prevent his son from traveling.
Sullivan chooses this violent path in life and is on the road to perdition
he considers himself inredeemable so he seeks to save his son from this fate.
shows his son that he has choices, save him from this road to perdition
Father and son relationship
Michael Sullivan idolizes and fears Rooney at the same time
the same way Michael admires his father
Sullivan shields his background and job from his son which is actually harmful in their relationship
the tragedy brings sullivan and his son together
after they escape from their old life together, they become closer and strengthens their relationship.
they realize that all they have is eachother and they go on this journey of getting to know eachother and find out who they themselves are.
he saves his son by killing himself, stopping him from killing the man that was about to kill them both
gains some form of redemption
shows that sullivan is protective of his son; does not want him to go through the horrors of having killed a person.
again, saving the little innocence he had left.
ultimately this story was about the progression/ups and down of their father-son relationship rather than a violent gangster film.
Loss of innocence
the son is innocent and naive when he has no idea what his father's job is
After finding out, most of his innocent is lost
Sullivan tries to cling on to the little innocence that is left
Michael sullivan for a gangster and uses violence as an enforcement
the film depitcs the effect of violence on the society and on a father-son relationship
Water was an important motif for death in the film
the ice dripping from the coffin; the rainy day when Michael saw his father kill people for Rooney
Death, like water, is not something that can easily go away.
death being seen as natural in the film