Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl part 2

Act I of Curse begins with Elizabeth Swann making a kind of a wish, a wish that a handsome pirate might one day come and steal her away.  A handsome boy wearing a pirate medallion shows up instead, and she transfers her wish onto him, making him a pirate in her mind, if not in his.  Eight years later, a handsome pirate, Jack Sparrow, does indeed blow into town, and indeed makes gestures toward stealing Elizabeth away, but winds up in the pokey instead.  A crew of actual pirates finally shows up at the end of the act, and they do in fact proceed to steal Elizabeth away, but now that Elizabeth sees the reality of piracy, the looting and pillaging and killing (this being Disney, no actual rape is shown, these pirates are manifestly chaste), she recoils, and as the act draws to a close partly regrets her wish.  Curse, in one aspect, traces Elizabeth’s evolution from oppressed daughter to daring adventurer (before returning her safely to her father’s world).  The following two movies draw the character out further, making Elizabeth “her own pirate,” as it were, before she finally outgrows the whole pirate thing and settles down.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl part 1

Who is the protagonist of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl?  Casual viewers would probably say it’s Captain Jack Sparrow, since he’s the most memorable character.  Others might say that, since the movie is, in part, a love story, that there are two protagonists, Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner.  It could be argued that there are three protagonists, or even four, if you count bad-guy Barbossa.

Myself, I’m going to argue that there is only one, Elizabeth Swann.

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