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h110e1 - Sara Kazemi History 110 Essay#1 It's a Wonderful...

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Sara Kazemi 01/26/2007 History 110 Essay #1 It’s a Wonderful Life and Deregulation Frank Capra’s 1946 film, It’s a Wonderful Life , depicts the Bedford Falls life of George Bailey, a small-town savings and loan owner, as it is told to his guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody, who must help Bailey in order to earn his wings. Through Oddbody’s perception of Bailey’s life story, the audience learns that he has always put others before himself -- as a young boy he saves his drowning brother and as a young man, discarding his youthful, ambitious dreams of taking a European vacation before attending college, he assumes the duty of running Bailey Building & Loan after the death of his father, allowing his younger brother to attend college instead. Contrasting Bailey’s saint-like virtues, antagonist Mr. Henry F. Potter is a greedy penny-sucking businessman who aims only for total dominance over the small town of Bedford Falls and to use it as a resource to further his own personal profit. Just as it seems Bailey will
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