November 30, 2011
The Power of Will Power
In the film, Life is Beautiful, Guido Orefice is a Jewish Italian who protects his son from a Nazi concentration camp. Inside the camp, Guido tries to keep his son safe from Nazis by tricking him into thinking the concentration camp is one big game. Guido protects his son’s innocence and prevents him from living in fear of death. Guido uses determination and more importantly, will power to keep his son safe is enough to overcome any obstacle Guido and his family faces.
The film starts with Guido attempting to fix his car when a wealthy school teacher named Dora falls into his arms. From then on, Guido falls in love and continuously tries to win Dora over. After numerous occasions where Guido mysteriously pops up, Dora runs away with Guido during her engagement party. Guido’s commitment and power of will to be with Dora was pure and prevailed. Despite Dora’s fiancé and other opposing forces, Guido’s will power was true enough to bring Guido the woman of his life.
Years later, Guido and Dora have a child named Giosue. On Giosue’s fourth birthday, him and his parents, even though Dora is not a Jew, are put onto a train and taken to a Nazi concentration camp. Dora and Guido become separated and Guido has to hide Giosue from Nazi guards. Being only four years old, Giosue has no idea what is going on and is scared. Guido tells Giosue that the whole situation is a game and that Giosue must hide from Nazi guards to earn points and win a tank.
Guido relies on his quick thinking to help Giosue calm down and keep him hidden from Nazi guards. Guido must do whatever it takes to protect his son and with strong will, he comes up with ways to keep his son convinced that he is only playing a game. Guido and Giosue also let Dora know they are safe by rigging the speakers at the camp and speaking to Dora. Despite any obstacle, Guido is focused on being with his family and nothing can stop him....