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In the film, There Will Be Blood documents the experiences of an oilman named Daniel Plainview, throughout the movie Daniel a father to a young boy named H.W. falls into alcoholism. However, that’s not it throughout Daniels life he had to overcome many obstacles. Such as him falling into a mine where he ended up hurting himself, became a father to a young baby boy, a rivalry between other entrepreneurs, and religion. Although this movie was mostly based on Daniel Plainview another important character came into play named Eli Sunday a young man that played a role in religion. Daniel wasn’t really into religion he was all about the money and becoming a successful oilman, however, Eli, on the other hand, would always go to Daniel talking about religion. Daniel wasn’t a really big fan of it but Eli would rub it into his face telling him how religion is important and that he shouldn’t put it aside.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The symbolism is shown in the these two main characters Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday which Eli falls into the category of religion, while Daniel is more of a capitalism person who truly had several goals.Daniel Plainview who became an oilman at a young age was never into religion he was only focused on finding oil and making money.On the other hand Eli Sunday, a young priest who came along when Daniel bought the land. Is extremely into religion, and also knew what Daniel was up to and why he was buying the land.Daniel Plainview is an entrepreneur man of his time, representative of capitalism, the desire for money.However, Eli Sunday a spokesperson and is associated with his religion. There are some moments where Daniel and Eli’s relationship became violent. There was an incident where Daniels work interfered with his personal life meaning his son H.W got hurt in a gigantic explosion where it caused H.W to become deaf. Their relationship turns bitter, Eli goes up to Daniel and is demanding for the money that Daniel promised he was going to donate. Little did he know Daniel wasn’t in the best mood do to H.W incident and beats Eli. Daniel repeats to Eli why hasn’t god helped H.W restore his hearing he continues to physically attack him punching him even rubbing mud all over Eli. Daniel is repeating where is the god that Eli goes on about to help H.W. restore his hearing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Later on, Daniel came across a few complications that could have affected his process in becoming a successful oilman. Earlier in the film an elderly man that had not sold his land to Daniel didn’t want money but  wanted Daniel to be baptized at Eli’s church in order for the elderly man to give up his land. Eli took this opportunity to get revenge on Daniel for his humiliation, slapping him repeatedly and making him admit that he is a sinner and has abandoned his child.The conflict between capitalism and religion is also manifested in the actions of the main characters of the film, specifically Daniel Plainview. He is the embodiment of business, a man who regrets nothing, pities nothing, and when he falls down a mineshaft and cruelly breaks his leg, he holds himself back up to the top and starts again. To him there is no other goal worth striving for other than money. When attempting to persuade investors to give him a lease on some land to drill, he claims that he is “a family man” and that his son is his motivation for his life’s work. But later on when his adopted son H.W is deafened after being hit by a geyser and attempts to burn down their house out of frustration, Daniel has him sent away to boarding school rather than trying to take care of the child himself. When the incident happens and H.W loses his hearing, Daniel quickly leaves him and seems more excited about his oil strike than he is worried about his own son being injured. He later on disowns H.W when he is grown up and decides to go to Mexico and start his own oil company, saying that he is now his rival and enemy. Daniel is corrupted by money and only cares about becoming rich, and this drives him to alcoholism and madness later on in life. He despises religion, which is the cause of his conflict with Eli. When a man offers Daniel permission to build a pipeline through his land in exchange for him getting baptized and joining the church, Daniel offers him a large sum of money instead, because he is loath to be associated with Christianity. Earlier on in the film Daniel witnesses Eli exorcising an “arthritis demon” from the hands of an elderly woman in the congregation. He is amused, calling it “one goddamn hell of a show”. Daniel sees religion in a very mocking, sarcastic way and has no belief in a specific higher power, saying early on in the film that he belongs to no church and “enjoys all faiths”. This outlook is one of the main differences between Daniel and Eli and further demonstrates how opposite they are to each other, and how religion and business collide in this film.          

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