Archives for June 22, 2012

“Am I Not Merciful?” Why “Wrath of God” Language Can be Misleading

Gladiator is one of my all-time favorite movies. One of the more memorable scenes, for me, is Emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix, pre the infamous Letterman interview), screaming, “Am I not merciful?,” ¬†while threatening his sister and her son with their lives. The dramatic irony is that Comedus is not merciful at all. He is a [Read More…]