In Life is Beautiful, Guido is a portrait of a very positive character, he celebrates the life with humor and laugh. Although, life comes with many turns and presents him with possibilities of happiness and sorrow, Guido always looks upon hope.
He has moments of serendipity when he is mistakenly saluted as a king and he starts pretending that he is a prince. The incident happens when his car takes a wrong turn and overtakes the arrival of the royal king makes the commoners wave and give homage to Guido.
Guido meets Dora at the first time when Dora falls from barn window into his lap and at the other chance Guido falls into Dora’s lap after Guido falls from his bicycle when the bicycle goes out of balance. …show more content…
At the first day in the concentration camp, Guido understands nothing about German language yet audaciously offers himself as a translator to translate a German officer about camp’s rules. So convincing for Joshua, his son to believe every word spoken by Guido. Guido does that to protect the innocence of Joshua from the cruel reality of the concentration camp.
The turning point from comical plot to dramatic plot starts on the day of Joshua’s birthday. It is a dramatic scene, when Dora comes home with her mother and finds the house is ransacked, the German captured Guido and Joshua along with other Jews on that day. Guido’s future snatched and the Nazi treat Guido and the other Jews like subhuman, concentration camp becomes their home. Soon becomes their last stop before their death by the …show more content…
With so much to offer from a single soul, giving others a purpose to continue living could overpower any persecution and oppression.
Guido, the protagonist in Life is Beautiful sets a perfect example of that character. In peacetime or in wartime, Guido never lost hope and good morale until his last breath. The oppressor can kill a body but cannot kill a soul. Even, when Guido walks to his death, he still shows his good morale for Joshua inside the hiding box. Guido shows the same gesture like the first time when he has arrested by the fascist secret police from his bookstore.
His life focuses to cherish Joshua and Dora. He puts himself at risk when he speaks through the public address system from an unattended control room just to comfort Dora and again he does another stunt by playing a record of songs from a window directed to Dora’s barrack to remind Dora about his love and all the beautiful moments they have shared