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Copy of Life is Beautiful Themes


Ellen Roberts

on 26 March 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Life is Beautiful Themes

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Life is Beautiful Coincidence Also, at the end, 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. By chance, after the show, Giudo hears Dora and her fiance arguing in the rain. He then uses this information to his advantage by picking up Dora in the dark weather. Through a random conversation, Guido warns that Dora is a teacher. He then meets the inspector by coincidence and is able to steal his clothing, allowing him to surprize Dora in school. He always plays off his own encounters, especially when he takes Dora on their first date and they walk around town. 5:30- Upon seeing his real hat, he switches the conversation to make is seem as if he has just pulled off a miracle 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. Guido, even, is the one taken by surprise when Dora falls out of the barn and into his arms, which he plays off as her being his princess. a real tank picks up Joshua and takes him out of the concentration camp. Guido did not plan this, and

Joshua's dreams came true completed. and Guido's game was by pure coincidence, Every time Guido attempts to move his fingers and wish for something, the happens, like call Dora desired thing when he tries to SS dog leave. at the show or make the (cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr 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. Dora is an excellent example of bravery in this film. At the beginning, she finds herself trapped in a relationship with a man she does not love, surrounded by greedy, wealthy people who do not think or act like she does. She hates her surroundings but feels helpless to escape until Guido arrives. She then follows her heart and takes off on the horse, bravely leaving her celebration and fascist boyfriend.

When Guido sweeps in on a horse and rescues Dora, he shows that bravery is possible. His act resembles a large amount of Italians who wanted to prevent the Fascist rule from spreading, and shows that one could act out against the noblemen of Italy. 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. (cc) photo by medhead on Flickr 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 After Doctor Lessing makes it appear as if he will help Guido, the riddle he asks him tears apart Guido's belief that his old friend will help him. The answer Guido gives to the Doctor contrast's his feelings toward the "problem" Doctor Lessing has. 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 Guido boldly interprets the German SS officer's translations wrong in order to keep his child safe, which could have gotten him killed for not successfully translating from German to Italian. When working with the anvils, he also stops work in order to continue the game for Joshua, who was very skeptical of the point system in the camp. 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 talks over the intercom while in the camp to give hope to Dora while also continuing to keep the camp seem like a game to Joshua. He is brave because if the SS men caught him and Joseph, he would have most likely gotten the two killed. As the guards come closer, he hurries out with Joseph and the supplies. 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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