gangster’s life leads to his
attempt to hold up a car, and
coming across a kindly driver who befriends them, leads to the
scene where the police find a
Ned’s decision to seek revenge
body by the roadside, and we as-
on his brother’s death leads to
sume that Rocket and Stringy
him joining Carrot’s gang and
have succumbed to violence and
his eventual death.
killed the driver, but then the car drives past with Rocket and
The killing of the security
Stringy still inside.
guard, who turns out to be Otto’s father, also leads to Ned’s death.
The desire for Lil Ze to have his picture taken leads to them fetching Rocket, whose photos are published and he not only gets a jobs as a photographer but loses his virginity (at last) to Marina
The are also numerous narrative enigma – unanswered questions – that mislead the audience.
The opening sequence is that of a relaxed street party which leads to a confrontation, and when re-played at the end of the film turns into a massacre.
We can also apply Claude Levi-
Strauss’ theory of binary oppo
The Miami Hotel raid massacre eventually turns out to be Lil Ze’s first act of mass violence.
sites – the idea that the constant creation of conflict/opposition propels narrative – to the film. Remember that these opposites can be anything, some examples in City of God
Bene’s meeting with Thiago leads
to the bike race, which we assume will end in violence, but
The contrast between the city as
actually ends in Bene buying
a glamorous tourist destination
trainers and clothes and getting
and the poverty and deprivation
a more modern image.
in the slums that surround it.
Rocket and Stringy’s abortive
The portrayal of the City of God in the 60s, the bright lighting 103