City Lights Character Analysis

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"The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart." -Helen Keller. City Lights, the 1931 Charlie Chaplin film, was one of the many Chaplin films that did not have to use words to express emotions, serious situations or how to treat people. One emotion that many people only know how to express though words is that of love. It is also more difficult to express when one is portrayed in a bad light. This essay will describe why, in my opinion, the tramp fell in love with the blind woman. How do you know when you have met the person who knows the real you? The person who can look past all of your flaws and not judge you based on others perception of you? Not everyone can find this person, however, sometimes it takes some outside force for this someone to be found. In the movie the City Lights, that outside force is blindness and the person a sweet, young woman. The main Character, the Tramp, meets this woman on a street corner selling flowers. While many people walked by him as if he didn’t exist or picked fun at him, she was the sweet, young woman who couldn’t see how low he really was. The Tramp, who had nothing, who was sleeping on city statues and wore clothes that had holes and were worn was seen as every other person around her, as a human being and nothing more. The very brief interaction they did have was not one of disgust or one of the tramp being inferior, it was that of someone she didn’t know and

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