Along the way, however, the young Priest hurtles multiple obstacles in both his faith, and with the native people. The struggle between what the natives already believe, and what the French, specifically Father Leapfrog, are trying to make them understand is the cause to most the conflict, betrayal, and inevitable death in the film. Before Father Leapfrog had even left the small French settlement with the Algonquin tribe, his companion, Daniel, was shown staring at the tribe’s princess and Chiefs daughter, Ann.’s.
Obviously displaying some sort of Interest for her, Daniel invoiced the head council of the town to allow him to tag alone with Father Leapfrog. Before you know it, Ann.’s and Daniel have an obvious connection forming. Her father makes it clear that she could have any man she wanted because of her beauty, and advises her to forget about the French boy. However, against her father’s wishes, Ann.’s pursues Daniel, Just as Daniel was doing to her. Father Leapfrog, before this point, was oblivious to their blooming relationship.
It eventually smacks him clear across the face when he catches the two have sex early in the ironing, burled In the trees. This Is one of the first major obstacles Father Leapfrog faces on his journey to the mission. As a Priest and a man of God, Leapfrog has taken an oath of celibacy. To him, Anus’s and Daniels relationship represents everything he has given up to become a Priest. On one hand, Father Leapfrog has been betrayed by Daniel, but also shows a hint of Jealousy towards the young lover; hell never be able to have that experience with a woman.
Down the road, the traveling group meet with a band of Montages Indians, who eve never encountered the Frenchmen before. The Montages shaman, Megavolt, instantly becomes defensive about “black robe,” and calls his the devil. Influenced by the Montages, the Algonquin tribe decides to leave the two Frenchmen to find the mission on their own in the harsh wilderness. Daniel, unwilling to be left alone with Father Leapfrog, and more importantly, without Ann.’s, trails the tribe by canoe, leaving black robe completely and utterly alone. This is Leapfrog’s second great hurtle: being abandoned.
He knows that with out the help of the Algonquin tribe, he ill more than likely die alone in the forest. Before this happens however, Chiming, the Chief of the tribe, grows guilty for breaking his promise to the French. Not only that, but one of the Indians attempts to shoot Daniel for following them. Angered by this notion and consumed by guilt, Chiming decided to return to black robe and lead him to the Huron mission as promised. Upon relocating Father Leapfrog, the group is brutally attacked by the Iroquois tribe. Anus’s mother was killed In the ambush, a ten rest AT teen were taken as onstage to ten Iroquois Tortures.
The voyagers were chained up and taken as prisoners to their enemies’ settlement. Upon arriving at the fortress, the entire group was stared at with unwelcoming faces and snide remarks. They are then taken into what appears to be the Chiefs hut. Battered and bruised from all the beatings they endured from the Iroquois, Black Robe, Daniel, and the rest of the Algonquin are told that they will be slowly tortured to death, right after Cinchona’s son, Knack’s brother, is killed right before their eyes and Father Leapfrog’s finger was brutally cut off with a sharp shell.
Night falls, and the prisoners were herder together in a hut, being carefully watched by a guard. Certain they are going to die there, the group huddles together and acts asleep. Ann.’s being the appealing girl that she is, seduces the guard, allowing them to escape in the dead of night. Now, without the threat of being beaten and touchier to death, they were forced to worry about freezing to death. Chiming, showing obvious signs of fatigue and weakness, decides that he can no longer continue on, and requests to be left alone to die alone in his white grave.
Right before the Algonquin Chief was about to die, Father Leapfrog made last ditch effort to convert him to Christianity. “Why would I go to your paradise? ” said Chiming, “Are my people there? My woman? My boy? There’s only black robes. ” And with that last thought, he passed–right after catching a glimpse of the She-Amanita, who is known as the native spirit representing the interconnection and balance of nature. By the end of the film, Ann.’s, Daniel, and Father Leapfrog are the only one’s both alive, and in the presents of the Huron mission.
Although the three of them made it here alive, Ann.’s and Daniel both opted to let Father Leapfrog go alone. Faced yet again with abandonment, our protagonist makes his way up to the mission gates. One of the first things he noticed upon arrival was the emptiness and sent chills down your spine. You later learn from the deathly pastor already stationed there that a smallpox epidemic had recently run rampant through the mission, and every single one of the natives living there were infected. Not only that, but the dying pastor was the last French inhabitant.
He goes on to tell about how the Heron’s blamed the French for the smallpox, and murdered the majority of them. After the pastor dies, Father Leapfrog confronts the village of remaining Heron’s, and asks if they want to be baptized. The Huron Chief agrees, and the film ends with black robe blessing each of the natives and welcoming them into the kingdom of God. Although successfully completing his Journey, Father Leapfrog was faced with multiple trials and obstacles that tested his faith throughout his entire Journey.
Not only is his faith questioned by almost everyone he associates himself with, he is also orally tested and physically tried for his belief in God and the “paradise” after. No matter how appealing his makes Christianity sound, the natives can’t seem to understand, and stubbornly hold on to their own connections to nature and “the great spirit”. As frustrating as this must have been for Father Leapfrog, he trudged on in his quest to convert the Native Americans. Although he came up short, although he was rejected and oppressed, he stated that he had loved every single one of the Indians he had encountered.