A Comparison of Guido and Dora Orefice in the Film Life Is Beautiful

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The characters of Guido and Dora Orefice, from the Italian film “Life is Beautiful” have many differences in their personalities and backgrounds but are very similar in some important ways. They are both strong-willed, independent, and have strong family values. Guido is a Jewish man, who is presumably poor because the beginning of the film deals with him attempting to find a job. He eventually finds one as a waiter, which suits his personality because he is the type of person that always wants to please others and make them happy. Despite the prejudice he receives for being Jewish he is a very happy and good-humored person. Dora on the other hand, grew up in very different circumstances. She is not Jewish, probably Christian, and is from a fairly wealthy family. She is already engaged to another man, the man who refused Guido a job after he accidentally dropped eggs on his head. She is a somewhat reserved teacher and seems to be a very responsible, well-behaved, and compliant woman, until she meets Guido that is. Guido falls in love with her immediately when he meets her. Dora doesn’t appear to fall in love as instantaneously as Guido does but she eventually fall for him and she asks him to take her away. They leave her engagement party together on horseback in front of her whole family. As a result of her leaving the other man for an “undesirable”, Dora is ostracized by her entire family. In their minds she has shamed them for marrying a Jewish man. However, she goes on to
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