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There is a movie about the ultimate despair in life entitled "They Shoot Horses Don’t They". I saw it in college and again just recently on TV. The movie is about an actress who has a fallen career on the big screen during the 20’s. She enters a dance marathon hoping to win the jackpot then to use the money to launch a new movie career. As the marathon draws closer to the end, she realizes that she and her partner have a good chance of winning. During one of the rest breaks, the promoter calls them into the office, and explains to them that the winner has to pay for the expenses of the dance out of the $750.00 prize money.


She sees life is not worth fighting any longer, because when she thought she was winning, she was loosing. there was no hope fro her she thought, only this brokenness. She feels broken, used, washed up. She gives up on life and the final scene of the movie shows her going round and round as if on a merry-go-round. She steps off and goes outside with her boy friend, hands him a gun and asks him to shoot her. As the viewer, you can feel her helplessness, but as a Christian you want her to live, to be redeemed, but the gun goes off. She falls to the ground, the police come and ask the boy friend why he shot her. He replies,"They shoot horses don’t they!!"

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