Mister Pip

Comparative on Life is Beautiful and Mr Pip 12th Grade

The innate innocence of individuals can sustain an optimistic outlook, despite the exposure to conflict and corrupt realities. Through the manipulation of truths, one's innocence is preserved in order to protect and provide an escape for an individual from harsh certainties. Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful explores the importance of the innocence of a child in his depiction of a Jewish family held captive in a concentration camp during Mussolini's fascist Italy in World War II. Additionally, Lloyd Jones' Mister Pip expresses how one may resonate with a story to become liberated from the midst of a civil war to evoke a refreshed attitude towards one’s surroundings.

Despite the atrocities oppressing individuals within war, a sense of escape can be evoked through the power of imagination by constructing a fantasy that strengthens morale in light of testing circumstances. Roberto Benigni captures how a child's innocence can transcend a chaotic environment in Life Is Beautiful through a patrilineal relationship, in which Guido's desperation and quick wit helps Giosué survive. Once in the concentration camp, the juxtaposition of the close-up of the German soldiers coupled with Guido's misleading translation of the rules to...

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