Good vs. Evil
Albert Einstein once said, “God did not create evil. Just as darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of God.” During WWII, many horrific atrocities were committed by the Axis Powers, specifically Nazi Germany. Germany, Japan, and Italy represent the evil side of the war, while the Allied Powers consisting of Russia, France, and Britain represented the good side attempting to overcome the evil. More precisely, the two main characters in “The Scarlet and the Black”, Colonel Herbert Kappler and Monsignor O’Flaherty represent the powers of evil and good respectively. Throughout the film, the forces of good and evil turn from working against each other, to coming more close together and good eventually overcoming evil. All in all, the forces of good rose to the top at the end of World War II and defeated evil, in correlation with the never ending battle between God and Satan on Earth.
Evil, according to many people including Albert Einstein, is the absence of God in the world. This makes sense in World War II, because in Nazi Germany, Hitler attempted to eliminate religion from society and rid the presence of God from their society, leading the way for evil to enter Germany. However in the film “The Scarlet and the Black”, the main figure of evil is the SS Head of Police for Rome, Colonel Herbert Kappler, who is played by Christopher Plummer. Colonel Kappler, who is eventually captured and sentenced to life in prison as a result of the war crimes he committed, is representative of the forces against good. He represents evil in the film because in meeting with the Pope in Rome, which was occupied by Germany at the time in 1943, he is attempting to capture back all of the escaped Allied prisoners that were trying to go to the Vatican to seek refuge. From this example, we can see how Kappler is the symbol of evil as he is trying to shoot down the underground operations by Monsignor O’Flaherty, an Irish clergyman who is providing safe...
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