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Copy of Life is Beautiful Themes

Themes
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Ellen Roberts

on 5 October 2017

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Transcript of Copy of Life is Beautiful Themes

Themes from
Life is Beautiful

Coincidence
Bravery
Riddles
Silence
Fantasy
Innocence
Joshua is still a child with innocence, and Guido succeeds in preserving this innocence. The game he creates for Joshua keeps him from the ugly parts of human nature. In addition to protecting his son's life, Guido protects his son's innocence. Guido understands what is going on, but stays in character in keeping his son to play the game. When Joshua is exposed to the danger, Guido shows a positive attitude to convince his son and refuses to become saddened by the outlooks.
Guido repeatedly tries to give the sense that he can alter the course of fate; when in fact, he is just using chance.
He gives the appearance that he is creating miracles when, in reality, he is simply cleverly arranging a series of coincidences.
Guido's coincidental actions create lovely surprises that entertain his wife or his child.
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The effects of anti-Semitism and prejudice affect everyone around Guido in the film,
Life is Beautiful,

and each character's reaction to these threats reflect their beliefs and attitudes.

Bravery is shown when Dora gets on the cattle train in her town, knowing that it will only lead her to danger, but might also let her see her family once more.
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solving puzzles and that he has a great skill
The audience knows Guido enjoys
of solving them. Doctor Lessing metaphorically
shows that Guido can solve riddles instantly, and that Guido deals with his life like he does with his
riddles. His quick and insightful mind shows that he loves to find solutions to
concentration camp, trying to protect his son from the horrible surroundings.
problems, whether its Doctor Lessing's
riddles, or how he acted when in the
Fat fat,
all yellow in reality.
If you ask me what I am,
I answer, "cheep cheep cheep".
Walking along I go "poopoo,"
who am I, tell me true?
ugly ugly,
Silence shows
both bravery and
cowardice
in the film.
Uncle Eliseo portrays silence
as bravery when he is treated with
"barbarians", he did not cry
Although he feels threatened, he
new living corridors.
unusual hostility. When he had been
attacked by the
out, explaining that "sometimes silence is the
focused his attention on helping his
best weapon."
settle in to his
nephew
Doctor Lessing is
silent about the Fascist views
towards the Jews. His silence
allows Guido to remain in the
cowardice of him.
camp and shows the
Guido's fictional world creates fantasies around Dora and Joshua. Through calling Dora "princess", he entertains everyone through fantasy, allowing him to escape from reality, and add beauty into their world.
After Guido picks up Dora in the rain, he creates an umbrella from car parts, and leads her down the steps of town by unraveling a bolt of silk to let Dora step down as if she was of royalty.
When Guido rides up on his uncle's horse to rescue Dora from the fascist table that she sits at, he is evoking the fantasy of a knight rescuing a damsel in distress. However, he is rescuing her from her surroundings even though it creates a fantasy-like situation.
Guido tells Joshua that everything in the concentration camp is a game, which creates a fictional story to keep Joshua from being in mental danger. This game keeps Joshua living in a fantasy world and does not reveal him to the sickening world he actually lives in which is allowing the murders of thousands of Jews.
This fantasy game also saves Joshua, as he is told to not cry, obey all rules, and not ask for his mother in order to gain points.
When Ferruccio explains the method to him, he takes it very seriously and literally, and believes the trick works and is not just magic. Also, he also does not see the danger in the abuse of his uncle's horse, thinking that it was just a prank.
Guido's whole voyage through the concentration camp was brave, especially when he dressed up as a woman in order to tell Dora to not go in the truck. He runs out of his tenant at night and dodges guards, dogs, and spotlights to warn his wife of the danger.
Hatred for Jews in Europe
The SS officers all developed a hatred for the occupants of the camps. When the female officer tripped while the elderly were undressing, Guido's uncle helped her stabilize; she gives a look of disgust.
The society in general segregated the Jews, as seen through the uncle's horse being painted and written on. Guido's shop is also vandalized with hateful words. Lastly, Joshua points out that a sign on a candy store does not allow Jews and dogs in, causing Guido to joke about the sign.
At the hotel party, Dora's mother brings up the topic of a math problem Italian children have to do during school. The problem was an algebraic equation involving how much money Italy would save if they killed all the disabled. Dora's mother reacts with shock because she feels this math problem is too challenging, where as Dora reacts with disgust because the question is so sickening. This shows the attitudes of the fascists in Italy and how they could not see the evil being created by the government
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