Theme Essay, Ms.Walton,February 10,2014.
After all the confusion,misery and death during the Holocaust,do you think people are still kind-hearted? Anne Frank did! Want proof? Here it is, "In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation of confusion,misery and death." Despite all the negativity of the Holocaust,there are kind-hearted people still out there.
To begin with, author Paulo Coelho said,"When we love,we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too " Throughout the intense scene during Life Is Beautiful, Guido is trying to hide his son while trying to keep himself alive. Guido hides his son in the box to keep him alive while Guido hides himself but but unfortunately gets caught. Followed by a soldier into a dark corner, Guido gets shot. Fortunately, his son is still alive. Optimism is a big part of the scene where Guido is trying to protect his son,Giosue, while Anne is addressing optimism through believing that good people still exist.
To continue with, Holocaust victim, Gerda Weissman said, "Ilse, a childhood friend of mine, once found, a raspberry in the concentration camp and carried it in her pocket all day to present to me that night on a leaf. Imagine a world in which your entire possession is one raspberry and you give it to your friend." Throughout the whole documentary one scene stands out the most. Gerda Weissman lost her best friend during the Holocaust but remarkably Gerda remains optimistic. During a death march, Gerda and her best friend, Ilse, were among the 400 woman walking to avoid the advance of the Allied Forces. Unfortunately, Ilse died in Gerda's arms. Remarkably, Gerda remains hopeful after the death of her best friend, Ilse. The optimism in Gerda pays off after her future husband, Kurt, saves her.
To end with, writer Joseph Campbell said, "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." Madame Harkness' grandmother and mother were part of the French Resistance in Paris, French during the Holocaust. Instead of being a bystander, they're ultimate rescuers which is a great example to look up to. Ultimately, Madame Harkness' grandmother and mother were the source of hope to the ones they rescued.
Despite all the misery,there are kind-hearted people still out there. The lesson here is to always remain hopeful even if you're going through a tough time like Anne and Gerda were. Remember,there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Be that source of optimism to someone suffering from a tough time.
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