Aos Journey Prelim Hsc

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Throughout life, one is presented with numerous obstacles, all of which much be faced, and, ultimately, overcome. It is in the overcoming of such challenges that one will engage in a journey of the mind and body, a journey which acts as a catalyst for self growth. As one engages on an inner journey, it becomes apparent that there is always opportunity for something better, yet this cannot be achieved without sacrifice. Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost are all extremely diverse mediums; however they all find a commonality on the basis that sacrifice is inevitable when striving for something better. The 1997 Italian film La Vita è Bella reflects on the consequences of World War II in Italy. It is an expression of the journey of the individual, both physical and psychological. In the case of Guido, the main protagonist, the viewer sees that through his physical journey of the concentration camps of World War II, he initiates an inner journey, whereby his selfish actions of the past are reversed to completely selfless actions in the hope of saving his son, Giosuè. For Guido, the journey to and throughout the camp is both physically and mentally exhausting, comparatively, Giosuè experiences the concentration camp as purely a game, and is therefore sheltered from the horrors of war. This is the primary example throughout the film that exposes the beauty of the human condition, providing the film with the appropriate title, Life is Beautiful. Benigni emphasises the diverse presentation of Italy prior to, and during, the Jewish maltreatment during the Second World War. Fascist dictatorship is shown through the visual and verbal metaphors and symbols, the continual reappearance of Mussolini posters on the walls of Arezzo and the statement that “silence is the best cry” support this. Aspects of humour and tragedy are effectively juxtaposed in the representation of Nazi occupied Italy....
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