Monkey King, Trophy King

Before you read please watch this 2 minute video of Aguirre (audio appears out of sync because the film was originally shot in English and then later dubbed into German). Take him in. His speech is NOT italicized in my piece.

This is an exercise where I bring together two film characters from different fictive universes. Take your time while reading. Follow the pace of the text. There are no mistakes in the text, grammatically or otherwise. Start the music when you begin reading. The music itself is central to the film Aguirre, the Wrath of God.

At this point Aguirre, a volatile character, has led his Spanish expedition to ruin. The jungle has consumed his party, gnawing away at them with arrows and madness. Yet Aguirre is not alone. There is a second character, a predatory being, present yet barely visible.


Popol Vuh – Aguirre I (L’Acrima di Rei)

Monkey King, Trophy King

	Aguirre.

			Aguirre.

	I
		am Aguirre.

			My land speaks to me.

				Calls for me.

				Calls my name.

	Aguirre.

			Aguirre.

	I hear!

	I hear.	
		See the land before,
				how the river opens to the sea.

		This is where I set sail,
						men.
		This
			is where I take hold.

	I
	     take
                     hold.

	I
		take hold.

	Hold.

	I hold now!

	This land,
			this tree
			this soil

		My Kingdom will be vast, and I
							will rule.

	I
		will rule.

	I
		will rule.

	Free from the spineless,
			the meek,

		You cowards.
		You
			cowards.

	Refuse of my world.

	Spineless.
			Aguirre.

			Aguirre.

	I shall rule with my daughter,
				her hand supple yet,
				her face an angelic pale.

		Purified in the waters of this fall,
			cleansed.
			By my hand and my power.
			Mine.

	Aguirre.

		Aguirre.

			Mine.

	What demon are you!
			You who haunts me.
			You who moves as the wind.

	I hear you cackle, I see your eyes.

		Infernos in the dense of this jungle.
		Eyes into the pits of Hell.

	Are you my wrath delivered?
	Are you my strength?

	Strength.

	I
		Strength.

	I
		am the great destroyer.
					I
						am the Wrath of God.

		All will know my name
					and I will rule this Kingdom.

		Above the Crown.
		Beyond her life.

					Great treachery.
					Great
							treachery.

	Wrath
			of god.

	Wrath of
			god.

	I
		am the Wrath of God.

	I am
		Aguirre.

		Spineless
				I hold.

		Aguirre,
			Youre it.

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