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City Lights - is the Little Tramp a Christ figure?


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I know he is comical. I know he has antics. I know he gets into crazy situations.

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Do you think he might just be a Christ figure? He rescues a man who tries to commit suicide (and gets pulled into the water himself.) He sacrifices himself to give money to the little blind woman.

But more than that, he risks being exposed (and rejected) as a little tramp to the girl he loves once she can see who he really is. How many of us can stand being exposed and known just as we are with our armor stripped away?

And we don't know whether she will accept him now that she sees him.

("He was despised - rejected.")

Is he is a Balthasar? A funny Balthasar full of life and antics, but full of love and giving of himself at a risk?

It just seemed that the more I watched this Little Tramp, the more I wondered about Christ's image in the "least of these my brethren..."


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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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