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In the movie "Day of Wrath," the focus is on the witch hunts in the 17th century, which historians attribute to Germany invading Denmark and bringing the new religion with them. Ann is a second-time spouse to a pastor. The pastor saved her from allegations of witchcraft, which led to the marriage. Anne also learns that her mother was saved by the same preacher after being accused of being a witch in exchange for marriage. Anne apologizes to her husband for having fallen in love with her stepson, the pastor (her husband) collapsed, and upon recovering from the shock, they denounced Ann as a witch and burnt her to death (Bordwell 117).
The scenes of burning and killing people are unbearable. Although it was believed that it was a way of punishing them due to their sins. They argued that the justice was defined for them. Dreyer, the author of the film, neither supported nor was against the Protestants. However, he criticized them for their actions. He refers to it as to the darkest part of the soul on the earth meaning when the final day of one arrives, he/she cannot avoid it.
As for me, I don’t agree with what these new believers were doing. Punishing people for their wrong doings is not the work of the Christians. God said that at the end He would judge individuals in accordance to their sins and the guilty convicted people will be thrown into the hell of fire where they will burn for eternity. The idea of these Protestants of burning wrongdoers is not right. God warns us about judging others. I think that the day of wrath should only be left to God, to make a decision at the end of our life.
Bordwell, David The Films of Carl-Theodor Dreyer. London, England University of California Press Ltd, 1981.
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