Creative Writing Essay

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Sharing our days together is one of my most vivid childhood memories. With this friend there were no complaints about the world and its problems or arguments about what radio stations to listen to, just complete enjoyment of each others company, the whole purpose for friendship, without a single word.
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Laughing my heart away has awakened me to the realization that hypocrites try to deny the existence of worldly vices but the only effect this has on their lives is that it starves them of the chance to appreciate the relief humor evokes. More importantly, learning to laugh taught me that "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view" (Lee 273). Laugher enables us to see things as being three-dimensional and not simply the products of our prejudices.
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The first half of the film illustrates Guido's viewpoint; it is light, comedic, and tells a story of love and of family. This outlook is the important thing to Guido, and his message was that we should strive to preserve it. The tragic part of the film challenges Guido's message. This is where the incongruity exists: Guido attempts to pass this message on to Joshua in face of the most tragic event in world history. What better setting than tragedy for this message to have impact? The incongruity has to exist for Guido's message to attain its full meaning, and thus, the clash of scene and act is justified.
This clash is also used to send a message to the audience through Joshua, who narrates the film. The point of having an uplifting ending is to show that the message in the first half of the film prevails. Since Joshua is narrating, he could have ended the story on a sad note, citing the knowledge he obtained once he got older and learned of the Holocaust tragedy. Had he done that, Guido's message would have died, and the message that knowledge has value in and of itself would have triumphed.
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