Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Jaws: A New World Order Metaphor
Spielberg's 1975 masterpiece Jaws not only made the young director rich and famous, but was also the first film given a nationwide release together with a marketing campaign, thus creating the template for the "summer blockbuster." However, Jaws is most famous for making people afraid of the water--this is what we're interested in here. Any discussion on Jaws involves mention of how afraid people were then to go into the water. Consciously, they had been conditioned to fear shark attack; but what was the unconscious programming?
The story takes place on Amity Island, or "friendship" island. The island is a common cinematic and literary symbol for an isolated area from which there is no, or little chance of, escape. (We have covered several of these in our selection to the right) This type of environment, be it Manhattan Island or the earth itself, induces a sense of confinement or claustrophobia and heightens the fear factor.
The events of the film center around the July 4th weekend, which denotes our independence. The July 4th weekend is a major source of income for this tourist town. Therefore, what is symbolically at stake here is our way of life, our economy, and our independence.
The sheriff of Amity Island is Martin Brody, played by Roy Scheider. He is a former New York City cop transplanted to the island where "one man can make a difference."
The body of a woman who went swimming the previous night is found.
Brody logs the death as a shark attack and tries to close the beaches; however, he quickly runs headlong into the Island's bureaucratic element. The mayor reminds Brody of how important the tourist dollars are to the island's livelihood. News of a shark attack will scare the tourists off to other beaches. The town's medical examiner then tells the sheriff that the death was due to a boating accident.
The beaches remain open and the tourists arrive. But soon there is another attack. A young boy is killed.
After the second attack Brody announces to the townspeople that the beaches will be closed. As the people begin grumbling amongst themselves at the news, the mayor announces that the closure will only be for 24 hours.
A shark expert, Matt Hooper, is brought in. He describes the shark as "a perfect engine. An eating machine." This implies that the shark has no conscience, no moral sense. It's whole purpose is to devour, kill. This prominent trait will become more significant as we examine the shark itself below.
Brody and Hooper try to convince the mayor to close the beaches. In trying to describe to the mayor the size of the shark he says he pulled a tooth "the size of a shot glass," the tooth of a great white, from the hull of a boat attacked the night before.
Mayor: "Where is that tooth? Did you see it, Brody?"
Brody: "No, I didn't see it... He dropped it."
Hooper: "I had an accident."
This is the typical sort of denial from those who favor their own short-term, usually monetary, interests over those of the citizens in general. He wants to see evidence, but we can imagine that even seeing the tooth the mayor would keep the beaches open, i.e., allow the menace to persist as he is mostly concerned with his political future.
We then pan over to the sign as the mayor points out that it has been vandalized and wants Brody to do something about it. It is significant that this exchange takes place here; we find that the vandals have painted a shark's fin in the water behind the woman. This appendage of the sea monster here resembles a black pyramid below the sun.
Hooper, also indicating the graffiti, shouts at the mayor: "Take a look at that sign! Those proportions are correct!"
As we will see, the shark, or sea monster, is symbolic of the New World Order global Luciferian superstate. Our town is under attack, and the scoffers refuse to believe until, as Hooper states, "It bites you in the ass."
The next attack suggests that the shark is more than a natural predator out feeding. This time the shark upends the boat and then kills the man. It is after this attack that the mayor acquiesces to the sheriff and agrees to hire a contractor to kill the shark.
That man is Quint, a shark hunter. The salty Quint and the wealthy, educated scientist Hooper are immediately at odds with each other. After Quint insults Hooper's soft hands, Hooper says, "I don't need this working-class hero crap."
It is here that we notice the resistance to the NWO forming the three class structure. Hooper is the rich upper class, Sheriff Brody the Middle, and Quint the lower working class. At first, as the classes form a unit of resistance to the NWO, there is naturally friction and discord.
Once aboard Quint's vessel, the Orca, there is no mistaking who is really in charge here. It's Quint's boat, he's the shark hunter, and he's calling all the shots.
While Brody slings chum to draw in the shark, we get one of the few good looks at the Great White. This prompts the famous line, "You're gonna need a bigger boat."
This monster shark is much larger than they had imagined; equally, the NWO is much larger, much more expansive, more menacing, and more evil than many people think.
Quint, his boat, and his obsession are together an allusion to Herman Melville's Moby Dick, in which Captain Ahab often refers to the whale as "Leviathan."
"Who wrote the first account of our Leviathan? Who but mighty Job!" (Moby Dick, p.94)
The word Leviathan is used in the Bible four places; Job 41:1 reads: "Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?" The Hebrew word leviathan means sea monster, or dragon. (Coincidentally. there were four Jaws films made)
The three men begin bonding on board sharing their stories and exposing their old scars.
Here we learn that Quint, a Navy veteran, was on board the USS Indianapolis--a ship that delivered some necessary parts for the atomic bomb--sunk by Japanese torpedoes. Most of those men who did not die on the ship were later killed by sharks while waiting for a rescue.
Quint says the scar on his arm is the Navy tattoo he had removed. This indicates a loss of pride in the Navy. Furthermore, what at first seems to be his Ahab-like motivation for shark hunting, revenge for what the sharks did to the crew of the Indianapolis, is more aptly seen as a vendetta against the NWO.
Soldiers (and seamen) as Kissinger said, are "just dumb animals to be used in foreign policy." The men and women on both sides are pawns, and Quint knows this. It was not the sharks that killed the sailors, but the cold-blooded money managers that left them there to die.
In Isaiah 27:1 we read that leviathan is a metaphor for Satan: "In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea."
As the men start out, all the normal procedures and methods of shark hunting are employed. Quint harpoons the shark and attaches a yellow barrel to it. This is how we will follow the whereabouts of the shark for most of the third act.
In Revelation 13:1 we read that a metaphorical beast rises from the sea: "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy."
This beast is the New World Order, a global totalitarian regime. The symbolism of the sea is explained by an angel in chapter 17: "And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
The satanic Sigil of Baphomet has five Hebrew letters spelling Leviathan.
They now have three barrels attached to the shark and it is so strong that it can pull all three under water.
The poet John Milton also equated Satan with Leviathan in his epic poem Paradise Lost:
"Thus Satan talking to his nearest mate
With head uplift above the wave, and eyes
That sparkled blazed, his other parts besides
Prone on the flood, extended long and large
Lay floating many a rood, in bulk as huge
As whom the fables name of monstrous size,
Titanian, or Earth-born, that warred on Jove,
Briareos or Typhon, whom the den
By ancient Tarsus held, or that sea-beast
Leviathan, which God of all his works
Created hugest that swim th' ocean stream:"
The resistance's ship is sinking. It's interesting to note here that our monster shark is no longer lingering near the beach for food; instead, he has followed our three heroes out to sea. Those who put up a fight against the NWO will be squashed back down.
After damaging the hull the shark can actually board the craft.
The lower-class Quint is killed first as the upper-class Hooper is indisposed inside a shark cage in the water. It's funny that the upper class is safely ensconced within the protective cage that he purchased himself.
English philosopher Thomas Hobbes most notable work of political theory was titled Leviathan. Hobbes' version of leviathan is a sovereign power:
"For by art is created that great Leviathan called the Common-Wealth or State (in Latin, Civitas), which is but an artificial man, though of greater structure and strength than the natural, for whose protection and defense it was intended; and in which the sovereignty is an artificial soul, as giving life and motion to the whole body." (Leviathan, The Artificial Man)
This notion of an artificial man as a sovereign state, the corporate golem, was discussed recently in our Blade Runner post (located at right).
Hobbes' New World Order:
"To escape this condition ["solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short"], humans covenant with each other to establish an absolute sovereign government over all of them: that sovereign power (which need not be king, but is always indivisible) then incorporates the wills and persons of them all, so they no longer have wills or rights or liberties apart from the sovereign's will; it is the sovereign's right also to pronounce on all matters of religion and doctrine." (The Norton Anthology of English Literature, p.1587)
This is a perfect description of the collectivist, tyrannical NWO government. Raise your hand if you think this is a good idea.
With Quint gone and Hooper trapped, it is up to Brody, the middle class, to fight off the shark himself. He throws one of Hoopers highly explosive dive tanks into the monster shark's mouth and gets the rifle.
As the Orca goes down Brody climbs the mast. All the normal channels have been exhausted. This is the last-ditch, middle class "uprising."
Brody takes aim at the tank as the shark comes in for the kill. Notice that he has a military rifle, an M-1 Garand, circa WWII. This is an armed rebellion, a coup; it's a war on tyranny.
The bullet ruptures the tank. The explosion kills the shark. The New World Order is defeated. This armed rebellion of the middle class is the solution to the NWO--this, of course, is the whole purpose of the attack on the Second Amendment.
In the end there are two survivors. They have won against the NWO but have suffered heavy casualties. One-third of the resistance has died in the revolt.
Are we in any way suggesting that Spielberg deliberately made an anti-NWO film? No. One of the hallmarks of good horror is that the antagonist is a metaphor for something else, it is a fear that needs to be confronted and overcome rather than denied and avoided.
"The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities states and nation. At the head is a small group of banking houses generally referred to as 'international bankers.' This little coterie... run our government for their own selfish ends. It operates under cover of a self-created screen...[and] seizes...our executive officers... legislative bodies... schools... courts... newspapers and every agency created for the public protection." --John F. Hylan
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