Speech - Lives of Others and Stasiland Essay

988 Words Nov 7th, 2012 4 Pages

Anna Funder’s book Stasiland and Donnersmark’s film The Lives of Others both discuss the Stasi’s oppression of the people in West Berlin during the time of the Berlin Wall. The composers depict light and darkness both literally through various techniques and metaphorically through mutual themes. These implementations of light and dark revolve around the concept of secret histories, which refer to the Stasi regime being hidden in darkness during its rule, and subsequently it’s revelation to the rest of the world after the wall fell. Darkness in correspondence to the themes loss of humanity and control is portrayed through the use of pathetic fallacy, ambiguousness due to
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The impetuous punishment enforced by the Stasi and their violent methods display their inhumanity “the prisoner was in so much pain that he would pass out and his head would land in the bucket of water in front of him, he would either be revived by pain or drown” these deplorable techniques are explained in depth to make the audience visualize and sympathize with the character.

Inhumanity and Control throughout the film is demonstrated through the character Wiesler. Control is shown initially from the opening sequence, when the prisoner is walking down the hallway to the interrogation room and all that can be seen is two silhouettes, this sense of ambiguity makes the audience vulnerable as the people remain unknown and therefore in control. Then in the interrogation room Wiesler’s face is half lit to continue the ambiguous atmosphere. In this scene the malevolent methods of the Stasi are shown. The prisoner is forced to stay awake to continue answering questions. One boy in the classroom asks “why keep him awake for so long? Its inhumane.” Wiesler’s humanity continues to develop throughout the film; his lack of emotion shows his lack of humanity. As the film progresses Wiesler’s control alters from scrutiny “We had you watched, we knew everything.” To vicarious observations “I am your audience, you are a talented artist.” and his humanity increases, which refers to the

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