Cool Hand Luke Symbolism

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What and who is cool hand Luke? Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American prison drama film, and cool hand Luke is a name that was given to one of the prisoners. No inmate got a nickname unless Dragline gave him one. Dragline gave Luke the name of "Cool Hand Luke" because of a winning poker hand that Luke had. King, 10,9,4,3. Dragline said that he won the hand with nothing. Luke replied, "Yeah, well sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand." His real name was Lucas Jackson, the main character of the movie which symbolically represents the life of Christ. Now I will continue and explain some scenes in which Luke symbolizes God. For example, the scene that had such resemblance with god was when Luke said he can eat fifty hard- boiled eggs in one hour. Dragline bets everyone that Luke can eat fifty hard-boiled eggs in an hour. The number fifty becomes significant. Since there are fifty prisoners' souls and …show more content…
Luke's mother's name is Arletta (Our Lady), and when he learns about her death, he sings about the Virgin Mary sitting on an abalone shell. In his conversation with his mother, he makes sure his brother John ought to receive the inherited land, just as Jesus made sure John and Mary took care of one another from the cross. It is very interesting to me when Luke receives a depressing visit from his mother and brother. His mother is old and sick, and Luke senses that this will be the last time he will see her. Shortly after the visit Luke's mother does die. Not only is Luke not allowed to attend her services, but the warden, sensing that Luke may try to escape to go to the funeral, and has Luke locked in the "box." After the burial Luke is let out, but that night he makes a hole in the floor of the bunkhouse and escapes. Soon he is captured and punished by the warden. I also like the song plastic Jesus that he sang and played with the

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