Essay: John Dunbar coming out of Self Denial in Dance with Wolves
Not only does he achieve a sense of inner peace but he also manages to finally understand the reasons for Thomas’ sense of reverence towards his father. And so doing so is able to create a better relationship with Thomas.
John Dunbar in the end has to make such a decision as well as he too has to come out of the state of self-denial and has to face to the fact that his prolonged stay can have disastrous results for this peaceful tribe. Hence, in the end he decides to leave this tribe for their sense of peace and sanctity.
Hence, both of these movies do in a way y reflect a central theme; that of relationships and of forging a bond which might have been wrongly questioned or have been eroded as a result of misunderstandings. These movies mirror a process through which the characters undergo personal trials in order to realize their solutions to these states of conflict.