Analysis Of The Movie 'Life Is Beautiful'

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Family and Sacrifice
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented,” – Elie Wiesel, author of Night, made this important statement during his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Oslo of 1986. As my friends Audrey Porter, Jordan Rogers, and I entered into Mrs. Bergeski’s room, I had many questions about what ‘aspect’ of the Holocaust, the movie, Life is Beautiful, was going to portray. “What’s going to happen to these people? Will any of their family members die? Will anyone survive this horror?” I had asked myself. When the movie began, the first few minutes were
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As most Holocaust stories progress, the central figure ends up expelled from their native lands. This film was no exception as both Guido and Gisoue end up being deported to a concentration camp. For me, I felt heartbroken as since I have read many articles and books about or relating to the Holocaust, I knew that they would be put under immense suffering. Both Audrey and I had exchanged looks as we both had prior knowledge about this stage of Holocaust deportation. But despite the German deportation of Jews, Dora (a non-Jew), decided to be voluntarily transported to a concentration camp due to her immense love for Guido and her son. During Guido’s time at the camp, there are many times that Gisoue could have been exposed to the many forms of discrimination and the choices between life and death. However, Guido is able to successfully prevent his son from knowing that any day could be their last, ultimately protecting Gisoue from the extreme and unbelievable hate of their era. Guido can be seen protecting his son through his quick thinking while serving German children food, hiding him in a metal cage/box, and going far enough to tell Gisoue that the whole concentration camp situation was a ‘competition’ or ‘game’ to win a tank. For me, that takes very serious skill, dedication, and courage, and so I admire that.
At the end of the movie, a myriad of different situations and conflicts begin to emerge. The biggest
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