Writing Witness Dynamic characters promise to take a story’s audience on a Journey. The key Issue to understand is that it is because characters in stories act out to resolution and fulfillment issues of human need that they engage the attention of an audience. Conflict with the plot, love/hate relationships, common human attributes clenched Into a character which accounts for Its distinguishing trait. Peter Weir’s Witness offers us with a range of distinctive characters but John Book’s character was quite Intriguing. JOHN BOOK, who comes striding through to be momentarily lost In the rood of police, reporters. He Is about 40, with a rangy, athletic body. ” (Wallace and Kelley, p. 13) Book’s character Is perfectly personalized for Harrison Ford who did complete justice to his character. Environmental factors and his social Interaction with his family and colleagues have shaped his character; a split of Isolation one might concur. Books conflict with the department, his Isolation as a protagonist subjected an interest in his character.
John Book appearance in signified by up-close camera shot and middle shot where John is seen dominating the screen. His dominance accounts for his character being a protagonist and a subject of constant change through the plot. Books costuming change through the course of plot: from blue suit which portrayed duty and elegance, to Amiss clothes without buttons; an exhibit of plain, simple and down to earth nature of a person.
Peter Weir utilized blue color in particular to elaborate the purity, harmony and faithfulness of the character. John is a hot-head, getting angry, cursing at times and being brutal to achieve results are his expertise. Weir subjected John to a community where this behavior was intolerant; one might expect a change due to surroundings but what is examined that John has a nature build, to stand for Justice and protect the weak strengthened along the course of his detective career.
Book’s character is often seen as a self-interested person evident from what her sister thinks about him “you like policing because you think you’re right about everything. And you’re the only one who can do anything”. Peters enforced that the character is portrayed as obtaining, persistent and motivated towards achieving the end result and to do that Book employs whatever means possible violent or non-violent; the happy valley scene where he beats and drags the man out of club based on nothing more but dubiousness.
Character of Book is liked and disliked for his sense of morality. Policing the police and being hated by his colleagues for It, Book protects society from policemen who’ve “lost the meaning”; Book protects Earache’s Identity by having her case file destroyed by Carter, though that action destroys him, too; Book holds his temptation regarding Rachel so as to avoid disrupting the community; He sends Samuel away from the farm, staying to face Schaeffer men alone hence protecting IM from the danger coming; Book surrenders to Schaeffer In order to save Rachel.
Peter Weir added a bit of crisp to Book’s character by balancing his character with self-interest and military. He realizes that he and Rachel are two different people and this will never work as a couple, Book refrains from indulging himself sexually place the safety of his witness Samuel and Rachel above his own. Books arrogance of the corruption of police department and naive of the fact that his most trusted friend and senior boss is involved in it portrays him as weak and a puppet of no law but order.
Hence, the character learns of it the hard way when he falls victim to attempted assassination after he has reported the police corruption to his boss. Book is outspoken in his lack of respect for Amiss lifestyle, His inducing her to dance, against her religious beliefs and teaching Samuel how to hold a gun. Books making comments on their clothing, “Anything against zippers? Books choice of words categorizes his character as bold, “this is my way’ and hilarious. “Eli: you never had hands on a teat before” “Book: Not one this big”. Books sense of commitment to the Amiss people he’s bonded with, particularly Samuel and Rachel, make him hesitant about leaving them behind. In Books final scene with Rachel, each looks longingly at each other, but neither can ask the other to commit to a change in lifestyle.
In Philadelphia, Book investigates the murder in standard fashion, exposing Samuel and Rachel to line-ups, mug shots, and the whacking of the usual suspects; While recovering at the Leap farm and distracted by Earache’s charms, Book ignores his goal while milking cows, doing carpentry, barn- raising, and eventually fixing the car; Delaying too long, Books goal comes to him in he form of Schaeffer men: he leads them through the labyrinth of the barn, dodging cows, climbing ladders, killing the clueless Ferrier with kernels in the silo, shooting Emcee.
Witness as Weir’s first Hollywood outing introduced the audience with characters like John, Rachel and Samuel. A movie whose virtues and subtleties become more and more apparent with subsequent viewings Harrison Ford’s portrayal of John Book is perhaps his finest work on screen so far. In particular, Book’s struggle to suppress his rising attraction for Rachel, and his tormented realization that a relationship between them is not possible, is achingly portrayed.