If you haven’t already watched the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I’d highly recommend that you do.
Apart from being a great movie, it was one that could have just as easily been a literature classic. The movie was overwhelmed with such jarring symbolisms that it’s hard to ignore the message or the general theme the movie was attempting to highlight.
For those who’ve already seen it, you might’ve noticed it too. And if you didn’t, or if you haven’t yet watched the film, here are 10 symbolisms from the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that parallels the world we live in.
1. Be careful what you say. One point of view can change the way people (or animals) think about a group of beings
The leader of apes, Caesar, believed that mankind, as a whole is neither good nor evil; only an individual can be characterized as such. And that philosophy was generally passed down to the rest of the apes.
But when Koba – Caesars right hand man – was in charge, the majority of the ape population believed that humans were inherently evil because that was history Koba had with humans; he knew no other side of them.
We only have our point of view. And until we are definitively sure that it is in fact the truth, we should be careful when expressing them to others. For example, the Israeli-Palestine conflict, Democratic and Republican politics in the USA or the issue of our CPF funds being misappropriated, just to name a few.
2. For a brief period in the movie, it was people who were in cages
There was a line in the movie that went something along the lines of, “Now you know what it’s like to be caged up!”
Let’s face it. Majority of us will never know what it’s like to live in a cage. It is an experience exclusive to prisoners and animals. Yet here we are, so quick to stuff animals into confined spaces just so we can either ogle at them or so that we don’t have to deal with them.
3. The general population tends to follow a leader without any judgement
There is an infamous quote that goes, “Never underestimate the stupidity of the masses.”
In the movie, it showed how the apes would eventually follow the most alpha without any judgment. Then it showed how the humans did exactly the same.
We’ve all fallen into that trap countless of time. I think I’ve done it more that most. But it’s time we start thinking for ourselves, both critically and rationally. If not, there is no difference between animals and us.
4. You can’t always have the mentality of fighting for the ones you care about
If that’s what you’re doing, then I have news for you; so are they – whoever they may be. That was the underlying theme throughout the entire film.
This is the moral dilemma of the world we live in. Do we have the right to practice our way of life at the expense of others?
5. Power has the immense potential to corrupt a person
When he temporarily took over power, Caesar’s right hand man, Koba did the opposite of what he said he would do – protect the apes.
He led them to war, which some would argue was inevitable. (I can give them that.) But he was also willing to take the lives of other apes to exhibit dominance.
How many times have we seen this happen in our world?
6. Adding on to the previous point, the most important thing a leader should have is mental strength
Even in the ape world, it isn’t the strongest – physically – ape that’ll win a battle. It’s the one who knows when to fight, how to fight and how to be diplomatic even when it feels impossible.
7. We live in a time where trust is rarer than gold
Perhaps it’s the undercurrent of Capitalism. But it’s hard to assume that there isn’t an ulterior motive to anything someone else does.
However, if we carry on like that, cohabitating would be impossible. Then again, the history of humanity has never been peaceful to begin with.
8. Without weaponry, the victor may be different
Apes still fight it out through unarmed combat to determine the winner.
Imagine a world removed of all weapons. Would we still have the same superpowers, aggressors, and victims?
9. Without power, we are nothing
There was a line in the movie that really hit me. It was when someone said, “The worst part? They don’t need power to survive.” He was of course referring to the apes.
We have become so dependent on power that without it now, we might be worthless. That’s something to think about.
10. This world belongs to more than just one species
So we can’t live like it does.