Sin? The Movie “Beastly”

Sin is commonly associated with religion, taught to young children as “evil”, “bad” and “wrong”. If we define the word, the definition would read something similar to “an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law”, but I believe that there is much more to the word Sin. Our understanding of sin encompasses so many aspects of an individuals life. Whether we parallel our definition of sin to our own morals, or alter the meaning of sin to justify our wrong doings. The irony is sometimes hard to accept, but I do think that each person will use their own understanding of sin to justify their sins. But even if that is untrue, there is some truth to an individuals definition of sin, or doing something wrong. It goes to the debate that if a man believes in his own mind that the murder he is committing is truly not a sin, then why should I say it is a sin. This means that we base the definition on the majority, an example being the laws of our Governments. In fact, the government can be related to the brain when it comes to identifying sin. The laws are molded by the characteristics of humanity, greed, obsession of power etc. with the rights of all in mind. These slight corruptions are an example of the justification in our own minds when is comes to sin, or in this case laws. With all of this in mind, it becomes clear that it is incredibly difficult to simply define “sin” in simply a few words. It encompasses so many views, and reasons for these views, and critiques on others views to attempt to create an individual opinion on how to live ones life.

In class we watched a film named “Beastly” ¬†exploring this concept through the idea of beauty in relation to love. The story revolves around a boy Kyle who is a self obsessed, superficial, materialistic narcissist who is beautiful. A spell by a witch makes Kyle “beastly” looking, allowing him to find his goodness and become enlightened and as a reward, he was turned back into his normal self, armed with his newly found knowledge of being a moral person. The story shows his arrogance in a great way through the arch of his character. When he found out that he had to have someone say “I love you” to turn back to normal, his first reaction was to attempt to force this, portraying his selfishness. It isn’t until his time is nearly up that he is fully reconciled and realizes that he doesn’t care anymore because he loves this girl, he becomes completely selfless. The reward then being authentically earned. The story illustrates many people in our society as well as an unrealistic epiphany to accompany his materialistic attitudes. In our somewhat grim world of sin, we aren’t granted with the opportunity to be forced into changing ourselves with a selfish motive to begin with. The realistic parallel of the film with life would be the final stage of his arch, where he doesn’t mind staying ugly, because he is in love with this girl, at this point, the character seems very human. But unfortunately, these situations don’t happen, and we are left with a world full of immoral actions for ones own greed, supported by each individuals justifications.

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