Scotland as a Site of Sacrifice

Film International 12 (2):6-17 (2014)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Friedrich Nietzsche delineates three stages of sacrificial behavior. The first stage consists of the sacrifice of particular human beings to a god. The second stage involves the sacrifice of one’s own instincts to a god, and the third stage culminates in the sacrifice of God himself. This last stage describes the death of God and signals the “final cruelty” of our present times. Our age is the age of nihilism, the point in history during which humans “sacrifice God for the nothing,” fulfilling a kind of nihilistic sacrifice. In this paper I examine three different cinematic depictions of sacrifice, two of which clearly illustrate Nietzsche’s first two stages and the last of which suggests the possibility of the third, nihilistic stage. The films I have selected all share a common thread insofar as they all take place in Scotland. The first two films, The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973) and Breaking the Waves (Lars Von Trier, 1996), take place in rural, northern Scotland, capitalizing on what scholars have called the myths of Tartantry and the Kailyard in order to depict sacrifice as something disengaged from the modern world. The third film, NEDs (Peter Mullan, 2010), takes place in modern Glasgow and draws on a myth that scholars call Clydesideism. This myth highlights the postindustrial, gritty, urban face of Scotland. In NEDs, the sacrifice made by the main character is of a sort thinkable only in modern times and in an urban setting, and it comes very close to what may be a kind of nihilistic sacrifice.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,164

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Nietzsche and the eternal return of sacrifice.K. D. - 2003 - Research in Phenomenology 33 (1):167-185.
Sacrifice In Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit.Paolo Diego Bubbio - 2012 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (4):1-19.
Sacrifice Imagined: Violence, Atonement, and the Sacred.Douglas Hedley - 2011 - Continuum International Publishing Group.
Self-Interest and Self-Sacrifice.Connie S. Rosati - 2009 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 109 (1pt3):311 - 325.
Preferentism and Self‐Sacrifice.Chris Heathwood - 2011 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 92 (1):18-38.
Food, sacrifice, and sagehood in early China.Roel Sterckx - 2011 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
Self-sacrifice in Heidegger.Thomas Mautner - 2010 - Philosophia 38 (2):385-398.
Kant’s sacrificial turns.Paolo Diego Bubbio - 2013 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 73 (2):97-115.

Analytics

Added to PP
2014-11-06

Downloads
30 (#499,791)

6 months
1 (#1,428,112)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references