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The ending of 2005 Australian movie The Proposition left me unsatisfied. Arthur Burns takes revenge from Captain Stanley for the death of his brother but doesn't do anything to Eden Fletcher who was the real culprit. In fact Stanley tried to save his brother from flogging that lead to his death. Why would the director create such an unjustified ending ?

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Very valid point! +1 – Mistu4u Dec 28 '12 at 15:44
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If Captain Stanley hadn't held Mikey (despite believing him innocent) as leverage in order to get Charlie to kill Arthur, then Mikey wouldn't have been in a position to be flogged. Further, Captain Stanley had extorted Charlie to assassinate Arthur, and if it wasn't done by Christmas, Mikey would be hung. That makes three good reasons to kill Stanley - falsely imprisoning Mikey, threatening to kill Mikey, and trying to get Charlie to kill Arthur. Captain Stanley is ultimately responsible for everything that happened after the raid at the beginning of the movie. Besides, Arthur is a sadistic rapist murderer, so we shouldn't expect justice to come from his hands. Justice comes from Charlie, who stops the rape of Martha and kills his own brother Arthur.

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Your answer is very good, but I think Arthur wasn't a rapist. It was the other guy with him who sings the song - "O ! Peggy Gordon" in the movie – Ankit Jan 2 '13 at 9:53

At first I was thrown by the ending, and didn't find it satisfying. I thought about it for two whole days, and then concluded that it could not have ended in any other way. It is clear throughout the film that Charlie is questioning the ways of his brother Arthur, and ultimately decides that the wayward life of the bushranger is what led Mikey to be killed. He decides to draw the line to this path, perhaps thinks it best to make something of his life, and in the process saves Stanley and Martha by killing Arthur and his sidekick.

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