RC312 paper 1 - Joe Lipsey III 5/11/2011 RCHUMS 312...

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Joe Lipsey III 5/11/2011 RCHUMS 312 Professor Herb Eagle The Representation of Character and Visual and Biblical Symbolism Within Shop on Main Street and Divided We Fall through Motifs. Often questions are raised after watching a film concerning the meaning of certain actions of characters. Outside of inquiries regarding the plot, figuring out why a specific line of poetry was read repeatedly at times, or why a group of characters only wore bright colors are the type of questions posed dealing with deeper meaning. Motifs are commonly used to make reference to a particular theme or subject in order to further explain emotions and ideas in a subtle way. Within Shop on Main Street and Divided We Fall lie many motifs in an effort to bring forth the meaning of the actions of those who played a part in working with or helping Jews during World War II. Of these motifs, the subjects of moral behavior, ones conscience, spirituality and religious symbolism are shown through object and character symbolism as well as distorted imagery and biblical representations. In Shop on Main Street Tono’s dog Essence is a representation of character symbolism. When we are first introduced to Tono we see he is a skilled worker who is not materialistic but more so interested in the quality of his work. This is evident by his lack of concern with the payment he received, made up of half money and half pigeons, after completing a job. Though it may be subtle the presence of Essence is more than just a scene worthy addition for the films sake but rather a representation of the morality and conscience of Tono. We see Tono and Essence travel to town, after being persuaded by Evelyna, to see the progression being made of the new monument being built. This monument, however, was a clear representation of the Fascists allegiance with the Nazi beliefs toward war and Jews. It was also likened to that of the “Tower of Babel”, a biblical reference that illustrates the efforts of human beings to reach for heaven on their own doing, without God. As Tono is viewing it he looks to be slightly uncomfortable and irritated.
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2012 for the course LSAOFFICE 312 taught by Professor Professoreagle during the Spring '11 term at University of Michigan.

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RC312 paper 1 - Joe Lipsey III 5/11/2011 RCHUMS 312...

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