Dances With Wolves (1990) - Meaning of the Opening Death Scene?

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Stories can be described as the search for self - finding out who you are.

One method of doing this involves killing the old self to find the new self. The new self cannot be born unless the old self has perished.

The opening death scene of Dances With Wolves (where he attempts suicide) indicates that John Dunbar wants to die - symbolically, he wants the old (present) self to die and for the new self to be born (or technically, reborn).

There are other facets to this. For example, John Dunbar's actions resolve the standoff, in other words, they trigger change.

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