February 27, 2013

Django Unchained Frees Us All from Our Limitations

by ColynnAll the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players – William Shakespeare

If you haven’t seen the movie Django Unchained, I highly recommend that you do if for no other reason but to recognize your own enslavement and how best to break free of it. The fact that my favorite character, Dr. Schultz played by Christoph Waltz, won an Oscar for his role says a lot about the film as Dr. Schultz’s attitude is responsible for setting the tone of integrity that makes this movie great – a lesson we all need to remember today. Although this film is set during the Civil War-era, its themes and characters can still be found today within society and within ourselves giving us the perfect opportunity to look into our own psyches and see what drives our passions versus what limits us from experiencing our truest freedoms.

This film is very quintessential Quentin as I like to say. It’s over the top bloody, and in that sense, not real at all, however that in itself is part of its charm. One doesn’t get confused as to where the lines of art imitating life are drawn. Yet beyond the visual effects, the characters are the real genius of this film. Each serves a unique perspective and is relatable in his/her own way giving us the opportunity to see ourselves through many faces. Below is a breakdown of the central characters, what they symbolize, and what we can personally consider of these characters within ourselves if we desire to experience true freedom in our lives.

Follow Your Heart – Django

One can’t help but love Django – not just because Jaime Foxx is extremely easy to look at for three hours (did I mention the movie is a bit long) – but because of his single-minded pursuit of love. He is not a man driven by greed or even vengeance his motives are pure of heart and he never waivers. Wow! If only people were like that in real life. Nevertheless, Django prompts us all to seek the passions of our hearts if we truly desire to have fulfillment, connection, and love. When we follow our hearts, there is no matter of enslavement that can keep us down. In the end, Django teaches us that passion absolutely moves mountains.

  • What is your heart’s greatest desire?
  • Where in your life are you not following your heart?
  • What would be different if you did?


Love is All There Is – Broomhilda

Broomhilda is a slave brought up by Germans and is the affection of Django’s heart. Interestingly, her role is impactful not in dialogue but in emotion. Broomhilda doesn’t speak often. She is mostly a thought, a mist, a hope and a dream. But through her we feel the emotions that underlie the base nature of all people. Broomhilda shows us the desire we all have to be free to love and be loved in return no matter the cost. She teaches us that innocence is what truly allows us to love another.

  • Is your heart open to the idea of love regardless of what the past has presented?
  • Can you be vulnerable enough to free yourself up to passion and desire?
  • What in your life would be different if you did?


Trust in the Process – The Plantation Owners

There are two central plantations featured in this film each run by a plantation owner or Master of the house. The depictions of these two men were brilliantly absurd. In many scenes, we get the impression that these men were raised with extreme entitlement having wealth and power handed to them with no consideration for the needs of others. Consequently, their Authoritarian rule has no bounds and enslaves everyone in their paths. There is no man or woman white or black that is exempt from the oppression of these larger than life, self-imposed “Masters.” It serves to remind us of that part of ourselves that wants total control over everything and everyone for fear things won’t go our way. Yet, when we become fearful of what may or may not be and attempt to orchestrate every aspect of our lives, we become enslaved to our own limited ideals.

  • Can you let go of the need to be right and always get your way?
  • Can you let others take responsibility and trust that it will be alright?
  • What in your life would be different if you did?


Live Your Truth – Dr. Schultz

Now for my favorite character…Dr. Schultz. Dr. Schultz is a dentist / savvy negotiator and business man and is the only character in the film that is not enslaved either by another or himself. He follows his heart, lives his truth, and he shares life’s greater truths with others regardless of class, color, creed, or gender. He is the epitome of integrity, forthrightness, and loyalty that comes from a deeper, more personal sense of responsible and knowledge of higher being. At one point Dr. Schultz says to Django that he feels as if he has birthed him and is therefore responsible for his wellbeing ultimately giving himself up to a cause greater than himself. This is the sign of a true Master – one who is willing to give to something beyond the self without need for personal gain.

  • What are you giving to that is greater than yourself?
  • How can you have a conscious, higher informed impact in the world?
  • What would be different if you did?

mtree2There is much to be gleaned from this sure to become cult classic. Should we live our lives from these simple understandings of passion, love, trust, faith and higher knowledge, we are free to become anything we desire. However, life won’t change until we change ourselves. Django Unchained gives us a plethora of expressions to examine as a means of altering our personal perspectives in an effort to live the lives we were truly meant to live.


Enjoy – Michelle

Author, Mentor, Clairvoyant Medium

The Clairvoyant Path


Comments ()

  1. Excellent analysis of the film! I really enjoyed the breakdown of the characters, as I too believe they were the true magnificence of Tarantino’s piece.

    1. Right On! I love Tarantino’s high-minded dialogue, innovative character development, and ability to drive a point home visually. In my opinion, it’s art in one of its highest forms. Thanks and have fun exploring the many characters of yourself. 😉

  2. I too loved the breakdown of the charactors. The intensity of the film and the depth of meaning it carried, far outweighed the legnth for me. I too love Dr. Schultz, to be that brave and true to ones self is truly a gift to be admired.

    If only…If only we all could live through our hearts…with love, passion and trust as our markers… I believe we can, we are on our way. I believe it is possible. I believe.

    Thank you for posting. !!!

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