Life Is Beautiful Essay

1623 WordsJan 23, 20127 Pages
“This is my story. This is the sacrifice my father made. This was his gift to me.” The prescribed text “Life Is Beautiful” by Roberto Benigni (1998) explores how obstacles and challenges are integral to aspects of inner journeys. Similar features are revealed in the two related texts. The news article “A Young Refugees Plea for a Better Future” Nooria Wazefadost (2004) SMH and the poem “The Road Not Taken”, by Robert Frost (1916). However, all texts highlight the central concept that though the people may embark on the same journey, they will endure different experiences and outcomes. The prescribed text “life is beautiful” is a film that looks at the discrimination that the Jewish faced in the duration of the holocaust in Germany. The…show more content…
In the film he changes reality into a game “The game starts now. You have to score one thousand points. If you do that, you take home a tank with a big gun. Each day we will announce the scores from that loudspeaker. The one who has the fewest points will have to wear a sign that says "Jackass" on his back. “There are three ways to lose points. One, turning into a big cry-baby. Two, telling us you want to see your mummy. Three, saying you're hungry and want something to eat”. This quote illustrates Guido’s role of imagination when he translates to the others in the labour camp that it is a competition and the winner earns a tank to turn reality into a game for his son. The resilience of the human spirit is another factor that the composer is attempting to emphasise and he also represents this through the protagonist Guido. This aspect of journeys s highlighted through the technique of lighting and shadowing when Doctor Lessing (The German Doctor) is under the light which demonstrates that his life is easy and he doesn’t face many challenging obstacles. Nevertheless, Guido is placed in the dark which portrays that his life would be difficult and full of challenging obstacles. This also conveys the juxtaposition of two parallel journeys co-existing in the same place, same time but have two whole
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