holocaust movie paper - Anthro 200 November 12, 2007...

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November 12, 2007 Anthro 200 Section 5 Relationship Transformation in Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni’s 1998 film Life Is Beautiful uses changing relationships to develop important themes over the course of the movie. In particular, two relationships reveal two different opinions of Nazi sympathizers in Italy during World War II. First, we see a change in attitude of the mother of Dora, who is the wife of Guido, the main character, an Italian Jew. Second, we see the unchanging attitude of Dr. Lessing, a German Nazi officer and physician. These two character portrayals identify opposing attitudes adopted by Nazi proponents. Early in the film, it is clear that Dora’s mother is an advocate of the Nazi regime. She clearly wholeheartedly supports her daughter’s engagement to a Nazi officer. She also makes reference to eliminating crippled and widowed citizens “for the good of the State” during a dinner table conversation. When her daughter, without her approval, marries Guido, an Italian Jew, instead, Dora loses all contact with her mother. However,
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