Lesson From History: Schindler's List Essay

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Steven Spielberg’s movie Schindler’s List applies to the literary criticism, New Historicism. In many instances, this film portrays historical accuracies. The film compares to World War II history. Adolf Hitler’s extraordinary political power shows in this film. His corrupt and evil leadership and his actions and decisions cannot be rationalized or justified under any political power. Schindler’s List recovers history of a specific World War II place and portrays real events. The Jews, singled out and forced into labor camps, demonstrate a social class conflict, a Marxism criticism. Important points for the New Historicism include the political power focus, recovering history, and Marxism. Steven Spielberg’s movie Schindler’s List uses New Historicism elements, such as Hitler’s political power, the film’s true history discovery, and the Marxism element of the Jews’ inhumane treatment.
Hitler, the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party or Nazi Party, gains powerful political control. He convinces his followers that he is the best defense against the Soviet Union and Communism. He plans to make Germany the most powerful European country. He obsesses with racial supremacy and plans to annihilate inferior races. He commands his subordinates to perform immoral and unethical acts. Schindler’s List portrays these actions. Hitler’s SS men, Nazi police force, administer the

concentration camps and assist killing the Jews--burning and gassing them. Hitler’s power destroys nations and puts more inferior people in concentration camps. He totally changes Germany. Schindler’s List portrays Oskar Schindler as a wealthy businessman who follows Hitler and obtains Nazi connections. He needs workers and thus receives special privileges. Eventually, bribing the Nazis, Schindler saves 1,100 Jews’ lives. Political power means everything during this World War II period.
In many instances, this film portrays real-life events. Schindler’s List focuses on Schindler’s Jews--the ones he saves. The film’s history chronicles the historical events during this time period. Initially, life seems pretty good for Schindler’s Jews. Eventually,...

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