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After Carol leaves, the camera moves around Harry and Davis, again framing them against the engine, but now looking past the characters directly into the engine's mourh. Davis regrets that he had not been there to aid McCoy and feels responsible. Harry considers Davis. Both men wear sunglasses. Their eyes—and with them, their thoughts—are hidden from view. As Harry's investigation continues, he compares slugs taken from the victim's bodies to those discharged from Davis'sgun. Standing near the center of a small ballistics lab, Harry is surrounded by weapons and cartridges.

You're crazy if you think you've heard the last of this guy. He's gonna kill again," Harry assures the district attorney. " the district attorney asks. " Later, wielding a packing knife, Harry tells the killer (who in this version of the story is a vigilante killing criminals), "I'm not going to kill you . . " Either way, Harry is alone in his awareness that forces such as Scorpio must be fought. To Kael, Harry's understanding is his dirtiness, "the moral stain of recognition that evil must be dealt with;" she writes, "He is our martyr—stained on our behalf "'^ Here, Kael does more than just skewer Dirty Harry's concoction of fantasy and politics; whether intending to be flip or not, she taps into one of the genre's key underlying archetypes by invoking the sacrificial hero.

Its purpose, one suspects, is to enhance the mythos of the movie. It figures that religion, so resonant with the mythic and with notions of martyrdom and resurrection, would be so pronounced in Dirty Harry, the genre's first true archetype. "Passion" would become a convention of the genre, although it would not be rendered with the same intensity until the action films of the 1980s. These films would depict the super-bodies of Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and others subjected to masochism, resurrection, and torture bordering on the ferishized.

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