Chief Brody from Jaws

I never thought I’d crush on a guy named Martin, but Chief Martin Brody is just the kind of hero I love. He’s smart and loving and brave and flawed. He embodies responsibility, especially when everyone else in the town abandons theirs in the interest of greed and the need for the status quo. He overcomes his fear of the water to go after the shark because he feels no one else will do it.

His fear of water is a textbook case of an obstacle a hero must overcome.

Hooper: Well, uh, it doesn’t make much sense for a guy who hates the water to live on an island either.
Brody: It’s only an island if you look at it from the water.

But of course he can’t just look at it from the water, not when a shark is attacking his new home and the safety of the people he’s sworn to protect. He takes the responsibility to close the beaches, ordering handwritten signs over the protests of the mayor and council who refuse to see the dangers. When Mrs. Kintner approaches him and slaps his face, after she finds out he knew about the shark and did nothing, he takes the responsibility, though he did everything in his power to that point.

I think that’s why he chooses to go on the boat with Quint and Hooper, to make sure the shark problem is taken care of once and for all. It was odd to me that he’d choose to go, but in light of his dealings with Mrs. Kintner, I suppose it makes sense. The greater danger to those he’s responsible for is on the water, not back in Amity. It’s the heroic thing to do, see the quest through to the end. And Chief Brody is a hero.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Natalie J. Damschroder
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 07:07:51

    I’m not sure I ever saw this whole movie, if you can believe it. I was a little too young when it first came out. But Chief Brody is iconic!


  2. MJ
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 07:23:15

    Are you serious? Jaws was the first DVD we bought when we got a DVD player. LOVE THIS MOVIE!


  3. arkansascyndi
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 07:31:49

    Natalie is a baby!!! Just the music from Jaws makes me look around.

    But I’d never look at Brody as romance hero material but you do make a good point.


    • mjfredrick
      Mar 02, 2011 @ 07:44:29

      Hi, Cyndi! Yes, I know he’s not a typical romance hero, but he moves to Amity for the good of his family, and protects his town, is a good husband and father….let’s think of him as a romance hero AFTER the book is done 🙂 My Friday hero is another of those.


  4. MicheleKS
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 08:46:53

    Heroes aren’t always the flashiest or moodiest or anything like that. To me, some of the best heroes are like Chief Brody- men who step up to the plate even after making mistakes. Decent, honest, hardworking men.


  5. Wynter Daniels
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 12:10:10

    I love the Chief Brody character. Jaws is such a great movie – such heroism, such a persistent villain in the shark and such great build-up.


  6. Natalie J. Damschroder
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 16:14:36

    let’s think of him as a romance hero AFTER the book is done

    I love that!

    And I am not a baby! I’m officially “old.” But I *was* only 4 when it came out. But it WAS a huge part of pop culture, so the references and music aren’t foreign to me. I just didn’t actually watch them occur. 🙂 (Saw Jaws 3D, but don’t think that’s relevant.)


  7. MJ
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 18:26:43

    Okay, I LOVED Jaws 3D. I catch a lot of flack for that. It was the first movie my dh saw on his own, and we’re not THAT much older than you 😉


  8. Leslie Garcia
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 21:51:21

    Great blog. Had never, ever thought about. Brody this way. Thanks…I guess!:)


  9. MJ
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 06:55:01

    LOL, Leslie!


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