Essay on I Am Not Much Of A Devotee

709 Words Oct 24th, 2015 3 Pages
Since I am not much of a devotee when it comes to romantic films, I had come to the decision to leave my comfort zone and view Casablanca (Curtiz, 1942). I discovered through various viewings for this assignment that Casablanca works as an historical allegory, in the sense that the characters represent certain facets of the Allies during World War II.

An example of this idea is the pivotal character of Casablanca, Rick Blaine. Rick represents isolationism, the same policy that the United States adopted after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Towards the beginning of the film, Rick refuses to allow Ferrari to purchase his café. Ferrari responds, “Rick, when will you realize that in this world today isolationism is no longer a practical policy?” Rick further insinuates this by continually saying, “I stick my neck out for nobody.” Renault even states to Strasser that Rick is neutral about everything. It isn’t until Isla (the bombing of Pearl Harbor) comes into his world again on December, 1941, that he becomes involved into certain affairs, such as assisting in the plight of a Bulgarian couple who desperately needs money to leave Casablanca. He rigs the roulette table so that they can earn some money for travel papers.

After the fiasco at the underground meeting, Laszlo questions why Rick always works for the side of the underdog, similar to the Unites States and their persistent guidance towards other nations. In order to placate Renault, Rick claims that he is taking the…

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