Hauptmann Gerard Wiesler Analysis

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The most important aspect of the film was the change made in Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler. Wiesler begins the film as a loyal Communist Stasi captain who starts to spy on a successful play writer Georg Dreyman and has his apartment bugged, to make sure that the novelist is not conforming against the communist views that run East German. As the surveillance continues Wiesler discovers that the real reason behind the surveillance of Dreyman is because the Minister of Culture Bruno Hemp wants to eliminate Dreyman so he may pursue relations with Dreyman 's girlfriend Christa-Maria Sieland. This causes Weisler to doubt his loyalty to the communist party due to the officials manipulating their power for their own personal wants and needs as he asks another high-ranking official, "is this why we joined ?". Wiesler begins to hide…show more content…
Weisler continuously asked the man the events that took place on the day that the flee happened, the Stasi also kept him awake for many hours as this took place. The scene shifts to a classroom setting as Weisler is some sort of professor at a university that teaches the youth of East Germany how to become part of the Stasi. Weisler is criticized by one of the students there on the cruelty of his methods, Weisler explains that he does what he does in an interrogation in order to find innocence. Weisler says an innocent man who is asked the same question over and over will become enraged and shout while a guilty man will stay calm and become quieter as they have something they are hiding. Another way he can tell innocence is as he is interrogating his suspects if their alibi stays the same word for word throughout the entire process compared to an innocent man where his alibi will remain the same in different variations that he tells police, as Weisler says "truth can be replicated in other

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