La Vita è Bella

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  • La Vita è Bella
  • Characters
    • La Vita è Bella
    • Guido
      • The "hero" of the story
        • Makes the ultimate sacrifice to save his son from the horrors of the concentration camp
          • Fearless
            • Often takes huge risks
              • Loudspeaker hijack
              • Talking to German children despite the warnings
              • Inspector inpersonation
              • Camp rules translaton
            • Remains calm, even goes as far to use the Schopenhauer method to keep the dog from finding Giosué in the sweatbox
              • Guido: (whispering) Vai via cane! Vai via!
        • Calls himself a prince at the beginning of the story
        • Fearless
          • Often takes huge risks
            • Loudspeaker hijack
            • Talking to German children despite the warnings
            • Inspector inpersonation
            • Camp rules translaton
          • Remains calm, even goes as far to use the Schopenhauer method to keep the dog from finding Giosué in the sweatbox
            • Guido: (whispering) Vai via cane! Vai via!
    • Dora
      • Represent the treatment of women in the Fascist era
        • Her relationship with Rodolfo is perceived as one of politics rather than love
          • Reluctant to go to her engagement party
            • Hiccups
          • Rather than comfort Dora, her mother threatens her with disownment if she does not go to her own  engagement party
            • She is obliged to be with Rodolfo rather than wanting to be with him
              • Drawn to Guido as a result
                • Though it is implied that their marriage has been vetoed due to Mussolini's fascist manifesto, she still calls Guido her husband
        • Dora: Mio papa poteva constringermi a fare cio che voleva
          • Dora is a victim of a male dominated society
      • Only non-Jewish protagonist
        • Has a great deal of importance in the family
    • Giosué
      • The  character for whose perspective the story is told
        • Giosué is the narrator
        • The first half of the story where Giosué was not yet born is told like a fairy tale
          • Guido:  Ho un appuntamento con la principessa Elionora: Quando arriva?   Guido: Ora... *Dora then falls into Guido's arms*
            • Giosué is telling the story seeing himself as in Guido's shoes - and because Giosué is in the future he lets slip certain aspects such as the moment Guido and Dora first meet
          • Guido's proclamation of how much he wanted to make love to Dora
            • Guido: Ma Le non lo dirò mai
              • Foreshadowing of Guido's death is implied because since the story is being told from the future Guido will never be able to tell Dora how much he loves her
    • Dr. Lessing
      • Represents the outside world's perception of the holocaust
        • Blind to the suffering that Guido is going through
          • Rather than helps Guido and his family escape the camp, he asks Guido for help to solve a riddle
          • Only remembers Guido after being reminded of the riddle from 5 years ago
  • History
    • Themes
      • Love
        • Guido often risks himself and others for the sake of love
          • Impersonates of the Roman minister in order to talk to Dora
            • Does something potentially illegal or dangerous to speak to Dora because he has fallen in love with her
          • Mistranslates the rules of the concentration camp to shield Giosué from the truth of the camp
            • Guido loves Giosué to the point that he will risk the safety of the camp inmates to preserve Giosué's innocence
              • Innocence
                • The film depicts the treatment of Jews in fascist Italy and in Auschwitz
                  • The holocaust is widely regarded as a massacre of innocent people
          • Goosesteps moments before his death
            • Guido wishes to make Giosué smile one last time before he dies
          • Hijacks the loudspeaker to send Dora a message
        • Dora asks to take the train to the camp
          • Dora: (forcefully) Mi faccia salire su quel treno!
      • Optimism
        • Positive optimism
          • Guido's use of the Schopenhauer method
        • Negative optimism
          • The passive nature of the Jewish people in the film
            • Esileo: Lo silenzio è le grida più forte
            • Guido's response to Robin Hood (Esileo's horse) being painted green with the phrase "Achtung, cavallo ebreo"
      • Innocence
        • The film depicts the treatment of Jews in fascist Italy and in Auschwitz
          • The holocaust is widely regarded as a massacre of innocent people
      • Humour
        • The whole film is rife with humour
      • Dramatic Irony
        • Esileo: Comincieranno poi con te. (Regarding the "Cavallo ebreo") Guido: Che succede? Mi spogliano giallo e scrive "Achtung cameriere ebreo"? Dai zio!
          • This is dramatic irony because we know that the fate of the Jewish people is much worse
        • Giosué does not know of Guido's death
          • This preserves his innocence as a child
    • Fascism
      • As the film's first half progresses, the anti-Semitisc atmosphere of Italy becomes increasingly apparent
        • Posters of Mussolini when Guido and Ferruccio  are driving to Esileo's house
        • Giosué does not go to school even though Dora is a school teacher
          • Fascist manifesto said Jewish children were not allowed to  attend public school
        • Rodolfo has a metal bust of Mussolini in his reception
        • "Negozio ebreo"
      • Political climate is so tense that Guido can't ask Oreste about his political views
      • World War II
        • Soldiers marching in the square in scene the after Guido  drops Dora off at the school
          • Reminder that Italy is at war
        • Italian Jews were not sent to camps until 1944
  • Giant pile of corpses
    • Guido and Giosué are in Aushwitz
      • Aushwitz was the only concentration and death camp
        • More Jewish people died there than any other camp (1,000,000 approx)
          • Giant pile of corpses
            • Guido and Giosué are in Aushwitz
              • Aushwitz was the only concentration and death camp
                • More Jewish people died there than any other camp (1,000,000 approx)
    • Seniors and children are sent to the gas chamber
      • Dora would rather die in the camp than be without Guido and Giosué
        • Dora: (forcefully) Mi faccia salire su quel treno!
      • Guido: Come lei pensa politica...? Oreste: Come diceva? Guido: Come va...?
        • Political climate is so tense that Guido can't ask Oreste about his political views
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        • Analysis / Evaluation
        • Interesting fact
        • Research Topic
        • Key Theme
        • Point
        • Quotation
      • Guido: Ma Le non lo dirò mai
        • Foreshadowing of Guido's death is implied because since the story is being told from the future Guido will never be able to tell Dora how much he loves her

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