Schindler's List

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Schindler’s List Themes Symbolism is a significant feature of all films. In the film “Schindler’s List” directed by Steven Spielberg, he has shown us that symbolism is very relevant in this drama. These themes are the triumph of the human spirit, the difference one individual can make, and the dangerous ease of denial. This drama-film is about the journey of Schindler’s Jews throughout the holocaust from the year 1939 to 1945. This time is said to be one of the darkest periods in human history as it explores the extent that the Nazi’s went through in order to eliminate any “impure” groups from Germany. Schindler was a profiteering womanizer during the war, but as the film progresses, Schindler begins to show gratitude towards the Jews and make his goal to aid as many as he could. Schindler does this by writing a list and buying as many Jews as he can so they could work in his factories and, in the end, triumphs by saving 1,100 Jews. Triumph of the human spirit plays a prominent role in this film. Jews from “Schindler’s List” presents to us their unbroken spirit and will to survive. The main symbol that expresses this theme is marriage, which shows us hope in the midst of darkness. This marriage was held in the barracks and the groom crushed a light bulb, showing us traditions of their race and their hope to survive. Another symbol which is used to portray the theme of triumph of the human spirit was Schindler’s factories. This was seen as a safe haven for Jews to work and they believed they had a higher chance of surviving there. Throughout the holocaust, these Jews lived in constant fear and Spielberg, therefore, highlighted these symbols so that the audience could realize how far we, as a whole, have come. Oskar Schindler risked his life in order to save lives of the innocent Jews. A symbol which supports this
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