“You have heard it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbors and hate your enemies,’ but I say to you, love your enemies.”
Enemy Mine was a film created by Wolfgang Peterson. It asked us to look at how we stereotype people and form opinions about them. We were also asked to talk about what things in life develop our character. Can mortal enemies see past their prejudices and change themselves? That is the question I would like to answer.
Willis E. Davidge was a fearless human warrior. He has been caught up into the war with an alien race called the Dracs. He has never seen a Drac but he has heard they are ruthless. To him they are savage reptilian creatures that are two sexes in one. After a firefight with a squadron of Dracs, Davidge has crashed landed on the planet with one of them. He meets a Drack named Jeri and they have to either kill each other or learn to live together.
Being isolated from the war forced the two of them to work together. They had to share food and find safety together. I think survival and crisis made them really see each other for who they were. When they began to learn each other’s language they moved from enemies to friends. When Jeri laughed you understood that he wasn’t a scary monster. He was a person with feelings, emotions, and a quick sense of humor. However, they became brothers when Jeri and Davidge saved each other from the underground monster. We also found out that Dracs are both male and female. When it is their time to reproduce their bodies made it happen. When Davidge became Uncle to Zammis they now were family. It’s amazing how people change when given a chance.
What was really powerful was how Humans and Dracs saw each other for the first time not as enemies because of Jeri’s and Davidge’s friendship. It truly changed two very different societies. That is the power of friendship.
We are in a society where everyone should get along. However, people still put other people in a box. There are a lot of problems that come with stereotyping. I think when people have to spend time together or go through a crisis, their real character comes out. We have a busy society. If people were to slow down or turn off the freeway of life, maybe they would discover a new best friend that use to be a stranger or even an enemy.