Analysis Of The Movie Life Is Beautiful

777 WordsOct 17, 20174 Pages
There is a lot of truth in the old saying: those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Although it is the duty of all humans, regardless of race, age, gender, nationality, or religion, to ensure prevention of mass genocide, society delegates the responsibility to its teachers. The current curriculum in the United States provides students cover the Holocaust in 8th grade. The Holocaust is arguably one of the most important parts of history for students to cover during their years of study. The movie Life is Beautiful serves as a suitable introduction for 8th graders as it is age-appropriate, historically accurate, and an effective transition into the unit. Life is Beautiful is a fictional story about the Orefice family…show more content…
Some specific examples include Guido being taken on a walk by random men in front of Giouse, derogatory graffiti on the family bookstore, and the young Italian school students subjected to a lecture on “the perfect race.” In addition, the film represents Germany’s widespread influence by the choice of location, some 650 miles from Berlin. Furthermore, roughly halfway through the film, the Orefice family and the surrounding people of Tuscany, Italy were taken to a concentration camp. At the camp, men were bound by intense physical labor, women were obligated to complete lengthy, daunting tasks, while young children and the elderly were sent to take “showers.” Moreover, Guido’s ability to desensitize serious situations ultimately lead to his death, serving as yet another illustration of the fate of many people in concentration camps. Considering the movie has countless examples of historical accuracy, it has the capacity to provide an educational attention gainer. In my opinion, an attention gainer, specifically Life is Beautiful, serves as the most effective introduction, given its competence to portray relevance, purpose, topic, and occasion of the Holocaust to its viewers. The film is able to illustrate this by providing a specific example of the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping in any society; develop an awareness of the value of pluralism and an acceptance of
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