Witness Justice of Close Studies
In this story, the police no longer represent justice in Witness Justice.
Book now must work as an outsider to achieve justice through violence in the Shootout or Wheat Silo scene.
Schaeffer, however, is not brought to justice through violence but through the collectivism of the Amish.
One way order is restored is through resolving the crime.
Another is in the Final Scene where Book leaves the commune and sees Daniel coming up the road. Book is a violent, modern influence and so must leave. This scene may also be a hint that Daniel will end up with Rachel.
The Amish with uniform, dress, habits and beliefs keep away from mainstream society and become cult-like.
Schaeffer says of the police force “we’re just another cult” implying that it is dangerous for any culture to live entirely by their own rules.
Many scenes shot in the Amish community use natural lighting and have many people in one camera shot.
The wheat fields at the opening of the film and the Barn Raising Scene connote the strong Amish sense of community.
Two Worlds Colliding
There are many visual contrasts: costume, indoor vs outdoor settings, natural vs artificial lighting, even sound is different in the two worlds.
The structure of the film, is in two parts: Rachel and Samuel enter Book’s world, then at the reversal Book enters their world, allowing exploration and contrast.
The relationship between Rachel and Book in the Dancing Scene is where the two worlds meet.
Samuel has also become a product of both worlds after his experience of violence, he would “kill the bad man” with a gun. This shows Book’s influence on Samuel as he now believes violence can solve some problems.