The Trial Of Oscar Schindler
Schindler's list, an epic movie both in terms of cinematography and in various other aspects alas tends to push the audience into the perspective that there are people in this world with a heart of gold. There are definitely situations where a person tends to help another, but to what extent depends on one's behavior. People change everyday under various circumstances. There might not be drastic changes but there is always a change. Now the change personified in Oscar dwells deep into the human psyche. He knew at the very beginning that he was going to make a killing during the world war. He was a womanizer; a chauvinist pig who thinks that everything revolves around him (reminds me of someone I know). His wife knew this from the beginning and decides to keep their family life a mile apart from Oscar’s life in more than an literal sense. Now at a particular stage, Oscar seems to have achieved human compassion only after he watches his people’s atrocities against the Jews. Jews, a race of intelligent, hardworking and self minded people who went to extreme lengths to prove that they were the best at what they did. Probably this was one of the reasons why Hitler wanted to put a point across that he (a German) could also be the best at what he was, and that was being a ruthless dictator who didn’t give a damn about others. Hitler did eventually accomplish this to a certain margin but in the process took Germany into a humiliating spiral downwards. Oscar tries his level best to save as many Jews as possible but for what reason. There must be a reason to everything. There are something’s in life that does not have a reason but eventually a reason is defined for it. This is how life goes. Another remarkable trait of the film was that the Jews maintained their identity from the beginning to the end. This is not true in reality as majority of the Jews who made it through the war pretended to be people they really were not. Maybe I have not got the gist of the film or maybe I understood the movie too well and that’s why I am penning down my thoughts. Cowardice, bravery and other various acts are a part and parcel of our characteristics. Our thought process dominates our motives. Oscar could have started a revolt against the Germans, against his people and prove that humanity really exists. But he takes the cowardly way out (an intelligent way as well) and tries his level best to help the Jews in other ways much against the chagrin of certain individuals watching the screen and detesting the violent bloodshed at every minute. Are they really people who would be able to sacrifice their lives for a cause without any reason? Am I being too critical of this notion is it the just my inner madness that is making me write this article???