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The quintessential war between good and evil has seen classic varieties of its display in motion pictures. We seen the battles waged for love, wars fought for peace, we’ve also seen superheroes saving the planet as well as weave a tale of love with a simple human kind. Then there is the world of fantasy where we have Princes, Princesses, Witches and Fairy God-Mothers. And in these stories the Princess though may not always seen charming, manages to defeat the villain and carry away his damsel in distress.
Maleficent is however, a unique telling of the story of “Sleeping Beauty”, or as the protagonist calls it – the actual story, never told as this before. With all her powers of being a fairy, Maleficent captivates the audiences with her magnificent wings, which is an integral part of the story. It becomes her life save in the end. Now, the story builds a rather fascinating character of this powerful, beautiful and charming fairy, which sketches a plot which compels the audience to think about the power of love, and it’s ultimate reign over hatred / vengeance. A heart which fanned the desire of love for a man, is scorned by the betrayal of her beloved who deprives her of that one power which to her is precious and keeps her almost invincible. Such a betrayal of trust and of hope in love leads her to vanquish her anger and hatred upon the sole seed of her estranged lover. However, as destiny would want it, that seed becomes the fire of love which melts the wax of hatred that had taken deep root within Maleficent’s heart. The hatred which was not just for her betrayer but more-so for true love – which now had no meaning in her life.
In the Gospels we learn, Christ Jesus had always shown compassion and love, especially towards those who hated him with their words and deeds. He displayed mercy by willingly forgiving even those who finally succeeded in murdering him on the bark of a tree. On the contrary, when the Most Holy & Almighty Trinity created the Powers, Dominions, Choirs of Angels, Cherubim, Seraphim, angels and all other supernatural beings, they were bestowed with invincible powers and authority. But pride in one of the most powerful of creatures – Archangel Lucifer, made him loose a beatific vision of what His creator had so lovingly desired to infill him with. His casting out of the realm of Divine Holiness, begot in him an everlasting lust for hatred towards love. The nature of the will of these supernatural beings compels them to live by their irrevocable choice of hatred over love. But it is not as such with us humans. By the love and mercy of God, our beings have been created fearfully in His image, and it grants us the liberty to exercise our will and choose between love and hate, time after time after time after time, until that moment when we would have another chance.
This will to choose love over hatred was possible by Maleficent, only because she experienced what it means to love without malice or pride. The princess ‘Aurora’ showed the innocence & compelling good that love is so full off, which ultimately commands her persecutor to become her ultimate protector, and infact the restorer of her life. My friends, only love compels the good of the other, it compels the better of the other even at the cost of sacrificing one’s own self. Love derives itself from the source of all that is good – God. Therefore being vessels of love is to be Godly. Hate begets anger, but love begets peace. Hate demands destruction where-as love fights for reconciliation. Hate blinds right judgement, love on the other hand defends justice. Hate rejects happiness, love forever brings joy. This why God said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” And how does God love us? Unconditionally and everlastingly. Everything else will perish in this mortal world, but not love, for only love will guide every man’s soul towards its creator, to dwell in His company and bask in the warm light of eternal love.