They were brutal, cold, heartless and unapologetic. With the above criticisms in mind, it would therefore seem predictable or even morally okay if Chaplin’s legacy was shadowed by this. Surprisingly, it was not. As some viciously attacked “the Great Dictator”, many more applauded it for combining satire and slapstick to raise awareness of the ills of the Nazi era. It availed the perfect medium for many people particularly in the United States who did not know the extent of the Jews’ suffering.
Art Spiegelman’s “The Complete Maus” utilises the unorthodox medium of a graphic novel to explore Vladek’s survival of the Holocaust. The novel suggests Vladek’s immense resourcefulness is owed to his survival of the Holocaust, but it is ultimately his more added luck that sanctions him to survive. This is exhibited through Pavel when he verbally expresses “[it] was random!” suggesting that the best people did not survive the Holocaust nor did the worst die. It was solely dependent on their luck and fate. Throughout the novel, Art portrays Vladek as “present-minded and resourceful” individual whilst endeavouring to battle the challenges presented by the Holocaust.
Using false feelings of superiority as a way to mask inner feelings of inferiority is a seemingly effective method to use when trying to appear more authoritative than is true. However, what begins as “false feelings” quickly escalates into genuine arrogance. In William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, Jack’s superiority complex and need to be in control revealed the inner savagery of the boys, which eventually caused the downfall of their community. Jack 's egotism is clear to see from the first meeting, yet Ralph still manages to overshadow him. Golding sets the tone for Jack’s character straight away through Piggy 's "intimida[tion]" at Jack 's "superiority" (26).
In stressful situations or in times of war, mankind has tossed out its caring nature and turn inhuman or cruel in its place, abandoning all conscience. In Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night, he distinctly recalls and describes the inhumane treatment of Jews during WWII, and how he survived. Through his memoir the reader can visualize the world around Elie, through his eyes, and learn how cruel people can be to each other, all because of some sort of small difference among them. In Elie’s writing, he claims to be less of literary writer, but more of a witness to the horrific scenes he saw and believes that if he wants to do something about it, he will have to tell the world so that “They don’t forget the villains for they done”. When events like the
Grendel in the novel displays the idea that he is far more superior than mankind. He mentions, "I am swollen with excitement, bloodlust and joy and a strange fear that mingle in my chest like the twisting rage of a bonfire" (Gardner 167-168). Grendel knows that that the people fear him because he is different and he uses that to his advantage. The "Monster", Grendel, seems to be fascinated in attacking Meadhall and is not frightened at all. Although he is brave in the novel, Grendel in the epic poem is described in being scared and weak on the attack at Meadhall.
Jews are special creatures who have inspired more conspiracy and hatred than every other group in humanity’s history. An allure that is both detestable but intoxicating in its ability to capture people’s imagination, this elusive, funny-looking race has a fascinating and comically tragic history (e.g., Holocaust), and contain an ensemble of the World’s most influential characters—Abraham, Jesus, Karl Marx, Einstein, and Steven Pinker. Characteristically neurotic and eccentric, power-hungry and ego-driven, the Jews have against all odds ruled the World, despite their small population and their near extinction. How have they accomplished this feat? Are any of the perennial conspiracies throughout history true?
In Night, there are several quotes residing within its covers which are of the utmost significance along with containing utter poignancy. These quotes are not mellifluous and influence the novel in their own idiosyncratic methods. There were moments when the main protagonist reaches a religious nadir, which is concomitant to the loss of hope in his future dreams. The second quote projects a differentiation in Eliezer's opinion of soup, contingent on his previous observations of executions. The last quote containing a deep meaning about the imperious dictator Hitler.
“The Hateful Eight”, Quentin Tarantino’s stupefying successor of “Django Unchained”, is blatantly more controversial than the latter, sarcastically blending delicate topics like racism and sexism with others usually picked to infuse some morality in the tales, such as greediness, dominance, and subjugation. Taking advantage of his huge capacity to disconcert the viewers with fulminant action scenes and zesty dialogues, the celebrated director ridicules pain and human disgrace in such a way that it’s impossible not to laugh, even when the jokes jump out of the bounds of good taste. He deliberately makes use of the same hilarious tones and erratic routines as in “Django”, but this time, confining his eight untamed characters to a stagecoach stopover called Minnie’s Haberdashery. This way, he fabricates a sort of “Reservoir Dogs” from Far West. Divided into chapters, this three-hour mystery western set in the freezing post-war Wyoming,
Many asserted to be nothing more than the walking dead, devoid of a heart and a soul; a shell, or distortion, of their former selves for their real selves perished in this event. Wiesel was no exception to the companionship of this shadow of death and its permanent effects. Though his body continued to exist, the deaths around him had forever distorted him, robbing him of all which constitutes life. “Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, of all eternity, of the desire to live.” (Wiesel, intro)He witness death all round him, from his foremost night in the concentration camp. The shadow of death was a continuous companion to him in all his suffering, a companion which he frequently must face and rebuke.
Life has many phases that are filled with contentment and sorrow, happiness is one of the most important traits one looks for. One can go above and beyond to find true happiness for a contented life. A film that illustrates the true meaning of happiness through the harshest realities is Life is Beautiful directed by Roberto Benigni. This films shows a glimpse of the Holocaust and how a family strives to keep their true happiness through the toughest of times. Guido Orefice is deprived from his home with his son to a consternation camp.
Aldridge makes such an eloquent statement that sums his exclamation up, “as the comedy is finally neutralized by the weightier force of terror and death, the fateful ubiquity of Catch-22 finally eclipses all demands for logic and sanity”. Aldridge ends his article discussing how after 25 years, Catch-22 is a novel that reminds us how much we not only take for granted, but also the madness