Defiance: Sibling and Asael

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Jeremy Forsberg
Professor Hargrove
English 101 10:00 AM
Defiance Film Response \ Rough Draft

The film Defiance is set in Poland during the second World War. A group of Jewish brothers, the Bielskis, return to their home to find their parents murdered by the Nazis. They set out at that point to get revenge for their parents with little else but that and survival on their minds.

Tuvia is the oldest brother and he brings the other siblings together and assumes the role of the leader or head of the family. Zus is the second oldest brother, and he has the drive fueled by hatred of the Nazis that causes him to be a leader as well. Asael is the second to youngest and is definitely the emotional one of the group. The youngest brother is Aron, and he is in a state of shock from having witnessed all of the carnage and is not sure how to process it all.

When the Nazis came to occupy Poland, they rounded up all of the Jews and sent them to work camps. The Bielskis decided to have nothing to do with the Jewish ghettos or the camps, and headed instead into the surrounding forest. They had nothing to survive on except the land and what they took with them. This would turn out to be their first act of defiance.

Just before leaving town though, Tuvia does something that makes the title of the movie so poignant, he finds the police officer that killed his parents and he shoots him in the officer’s home. Tuvia kills him and a couple of other men there with him. He doesn’t revel in the fact that he kills the officer, but he knows that it was necessary to avenge his parents. He knows he couldn’t leave without completing that last task.

There were others from the nearby cities and towns that also fled to escape imprisonment and one by one they found the Bielskis or the Bielskis found them. They youngest brother, Aron, was the scout and he found most of the people that were wandering in the forest. Asael, being the emotional one, wanted to help them and feed them. Tuvia...
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