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Characterization Of Rick In Casablanca Essay

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Casablanca is a film set in Morocco during the Second World War. Because of the setting, the characters are under French rule and therefore are not allowed to support the Allied movement. Things however get interesting when Victor Laszlo and his wife Ilsa Lund come through Casablanca in hopes of escaping to America. Their arrival stirred up many remarkably painful memories for the major character Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart). Rick is an American saloon owner who lives in Casablanca. His café is one of the main settings and it represents a little piece of America in Casablanca. In the movie Casablanca, Curtiz constructs the ideal American in Rick, who is reticent in his motives and feelings towards the war, unlike his foil Victor who is devoted to the cause, but still manages to give Americans a relatable individual to help strike interest in the Allied cause.
Rick is the ideal American because he is a successful businessman who is known for being calm and collected at all times, and always knowing just what to say. Other than that he is relatively plain, like his name suggests. He does not show any strong connections to anything and he just does what he wants. He is directly in relation to his saloon, Rick’s American Café. Rick’s café is an American oasis in Morocco. Unlike in Ferrari’s Blue Parrot, the waiters wear suits and American music is played. The whole vibe is an anomaly of Morocco just like Rick himself. Richard likes to pretend that he only cares about what is in his best interest and the best interest of the business by saying things like, “I’m the only cause I’m interested in” and, “You’ll excuse me gentlemen. Your business is politics, mine is running a saloon.” Rick tries to give the impression of being neutral but really he is not.
One of the first characters to call him out on this Captain Renault when he says, “in 1935, you ran guns to Ethiopia. In 1936, you fought in Spain, on the Loyalist side.” Rick responds with denial saying, “I got paid for it on both occasions” but Ranalut trumps him by saying, “The winning side would have paid you much better.” These quotes help to show that Rick is really a sentimentalist and that he really...

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