If you could compare one movie to the character Jacob Vaark, in the novel A Mercy by Toni Morrison..What would that movie be?What movie is similar to Jacob Vaark's lifestyle and story plot?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that Vaark is such an interesting character that I cannot find one film to mirror his narrative.  Rather, I find parts of his story that are emulated in other films.  The self- made aspect of his narrative, which reflects how Vaark was able to create his own industry and success from nearly nothing, is something that I find in the character of Charles Howard in Seabiscuit.  The idea of a rise to success with a flawed background or some type of narrative where success was not handed to the protagonist and hardship follows is something I find in both characters.  The theme of being crushed by the weight of one's dreams is something I see a bit in the main character of the film, Boiler Room, where the pursuit of one's dream has cataclysmic consequences.  Finally, I am fascinated with the narrative of doing good in a culture of bad.  Vaark seems to be representative of this, and for this, I would think that a mild comparison to Oskar Schindler from Schindler's List can be made in that both characters are opposite in the treatment of others that is deemed as socially appropriate and acceptable.