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SCOD: "Saruman, your staff is broken!"


Jul 17 2013, 6:55am

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Today I'm taking two screencaps as I feel that one would not be sufficient enough for the topic in question (Leaving out Saruman's death would have been unfair, I think).

Feel free to answer any, all or none of the following questions.

1) How does the breaking of Saruman's staff come across to you? Do you see it as a metaphor for a loss of identity? Is it evocative of "The Fall"? Does it foreshadow his upcoming death? Furthermore, what do you think the staff of an Istari represents?

2) How did you feel when you first saw this scene? Were you able to accept the liberties taken by PJ and crew for the film's sake, or did the change irritate you?

3) In both of these shots Saruman looks lost, as opposed to merely appearing as a fallen man in others. How do you see his character developing at this point? Do you think we are given a hint, particularly by his last line, that there is still good in him? (His last line before his death is: "You withdraw your guard, and I will tell you where your doom will be decided. I will not be held prisoner here!")

4) Likewise, how would you describe the character development of Grima within this additional scene?

5) Any other thoughts/comments?

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."-Gandalf

(This post was edited by Radagast-Aiwendil on Jul 17 2013, 6:56am)

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