Life is Beautiful, a film by Roberto Benigni, is a two-part film, the first part was purely comedy, the other brought smiles through tears (Ebert 1998). It is about a guy named Guido Orefice, a Jew, who lived in Italy with his uncle during the time of the Nazis. He fell in love with a girl named Dora, a Gentile, to whom he had his only son. He was a free-spirited man who always has his way out of misery. He can always shed light to a very miserable experience. This was specifically illustrated in the second part of the film wherein all the Jews, including Guido, his uncle, and their five-year-old child Joshua, were taken by the Fascist and Nazis and were brought in a concentration camp. So was Dora, who pleaded the officers to let her go with his family so she also went aboard the train.
There, Guido was still able to make up a story in order for his son not to be terrified. He told his son that they were just in a big competition and they must gain a thousand points in order to win the first prize. He even went to the extremes by volunteering as a translator of the Germans, just for his child to believe that what he was saying was true, because all he said was about the competition since he really did not speak German. He also went through a lot of sacrifices just to protect his family who was also there. He even became a waiter for the Nazi and used the intercom to tell his wife at the other end of the camp that he loves him so much. He risked his life because his wife’s and child’s life are more precious to him than his own.
So the main issue here that must be dealt with in relation to morality and peace is the very act of Guido lying to his child just to protect his life and his innocence from the terror that the concentration camps bring so that he will never lose hope that some day they will go out there as victors. But the question remains whether it is right to lie just to save someone from the terrible truth of life or not? Does it justify the...
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