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There are, however, two aspects of Chad's interpretation that really don't gel with my opinions of the movie. My intent here is not to create a point of debate but to bring out a better understanding of the film by comparing the two views. Please note that I understand the fact that the theory Chad came up with is not necessarily his personal views, but one of many ways of looking at the film.
1. In his third paragraph, Chad writes that "Barton's hell is relative, and, in comparison to reality, petty and trivial". Now, I know that this is a longshot and maybe that's the point. When something is relative then it can't be compared to anything else. If Barton's hell is relative and petty compared to reality then this reality is relative and just as petty depending on whose reality it is. Confusing, I know. But stop and think about it for a moment. Barton has his own reality. Everyone does. In that case, how can one reality be right and another be wrong? If you take the view that everything is relative then it is neither right nor wrong. It just is. Now, I don't necessarily believe that this is the main theme that the Coens were trying to convey, but I do believe that every angle of thinking helps to understand the whole. Barton's personal hell may seem petty at first but if it and everything else is indeed relative then his emotional problems are just as viable as, say, millions of starving children in Ethiopia.
2. Chad's theory of the intent of the artist. I don't think that the Coens would make a movie just to make a point. It seems to me that if Barton Fink is simply a comment on the "atist" that all it would be doing is just that. Making a point, I believe that the core of the movie runs much deeper than this, perhaps even on a subconscious level. This theory would explain many of the bizarre characters and events that take place in their films...
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