Bonnie and Clyde Film Summary & Analysis

Arthur Penn
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Violence

Violence is one of the most powerful themes in Bonnie and Clyde. The central point is that crime and violence are interrelated; that one can not exist without the other. When Clyde starts to take what is not his, it is only logical that someone will attempt to protect what is his. When the butcher tries to stop the grocery store robbery, physical violence ensues, and the butcher is injured. Once the match of violence is lit, it has no choice but to burn until all flammable ends have been destroyed.

The Barrow Gang represents the flammable ends. Butch dies a painful death in the middle of a field, and Blanche is blinded and locked away. C.W.'s fate, though not actually shown, is to be a short sentence in prison. Bonnie and Clyde, the ones who started the rampage, suffer the most violent deaths as their...

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