the lives of others - Kelly Mahoney The Lives of Others...

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Kelly Mahoney The Lives of Others Discussion Section 4 The Lives of Others had a main theme of voyeurism and surveillance. The Stasi were the German secret police that could bug any person at any time. They could go into people’s homes and put microphones everywhere. Each character in the film was either being watched or doing the watching. Based on suspicions of Western sympathies by Wiesler, a respected teacher and Stasi officer, Dreyman and Christa Marie are placed under surveillance. The Stasis have so much power and control, and that is through having the ability to spy on and detain suspicious individuals or those who are seen as a threat to the GDR. Wiesler is the poster child for the Stasi administration. He is a highly skilled interrogator and respected teacher. Wiesler is assigned to report of the activities of the couple. However, we find out that the real reason the couple is being observed is because the Minister wants to get with Christa Marie. This just goes to show how much
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2008 for the course COMP-LIT 382 taught by Professor Levine during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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