Eight Movies with Metaphorical Depictions of Great Altruism

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They are altruistic people who stand up for the rights of others at all cost. They are extremely giving people who do the right thing for people because they care. Either if they are giving, altrustic, wise or humble these are the characteristic of the good guy. But they are also portrayed as people who are chosen to lead people in some way. These characteristics are used in media in different stories.

Superman (1978)

Clark Kent is an alien that fell out of the sky from a faraway planet, Krypton. He has powers that give him flight even though he started out leaping over tall buildings. He also has sonic hearing, super strength, laser eyes, see-through vision, frost breath and super speed. He is the saviour of Metropolis. He defends the weak and the innocent. He would sacrifice himself if the cause is too great.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1980)

An alien is discovered by a small boy, Elliot, in his tool shed one night. He was a mysterious stranger. He formed a bond with Elliot and shared a strong psychic connection. He was able to heal others, telekinetically move people or things and come back from the dead.

RoboCop (1987)

Robocop, Officier Murphy, was a cop experimented on by a defence corporation in Detroit to fight crime. He came back from the dead to defend the people of Detriot. Robocop is extremely violent compared to more peaceful people. The director, Paul Verhoeven, even stated that this movie was a Christ allegory story. Paul Verhoeven said to MTV in the 2000s, “The point of Robocop, of course, is it is a Christ story. It is about a guy that gets crucified after 50 minutes, then is resurrected in the next 50 minutes and then is like the super-cop of the world, but is also a Jesus figure as he walks over water at the end.”

The Green Mile (1999)

John Coffey was a large man with a larger heart. He cared and showed immense compassion. He was able to heal others. He healed the wife of an officer of her ailments which came out of his mouth as black flies.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

McMurray was a defiant mischievous thief. This was why he was in the mental asylum in the first place to avoid jail time. He was actually altruistic and very giving defending the other patients in the asylum to what he sees as abuse. he takes them out of the asylum for fun.

The Matrix (1999)

Neo is the one. He is the saviour of the world. He has the power to stop the greatest threat of evil against mankind. His name Neo is an anagram to One.

Being There (1979)

Chance the gardener is a simple-minded middle-aged person who has just left an estate from his employer after his death. He walked on water and he has lore around him with people questioning his existence. He is another character that came back from the dead. He has the give of healing. The whole movie is based on if a messiah-like person lived today, what would he be like?

Watchmen (2009)

Dr. Manhattan is a lot like Superman except he is blue, was originally human, a doctor and mostly naked. He has powers that could bend time, incinerate objects, fly, enlarge thousand times his height, visit other planets like Mars and have a massive amount of strength. But his character is mostly known for his introspective views on life and people.

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