The English Patient ( 1996 ) Essay

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The English Patient (1996) tells the story of a badly burned pilot, (Count Laszlo de Almásy) who is being taken cared of by a young war nurse (Hana) and experiences a series of flashbacks that reverts him back to a world of love, betrayal, and passion. Love is explicitly shown throughout the entire film and can be considered the backbone of the film. The story can be seen as a tragedy as was the story of the beloved doomed lovers Romeo and Juliet. The characters, plot, and the themes of the film The English Patient (1996) showcases the human nature of love.
The plot of The English Patient (1996) can be seen as tragedy. The film takes place around the late 1930s and early 1940s (World War II). The opening scene is a plane being shot down in the middle of desert; a very badly burned victim is carried out of the wreckage who is surprisingly still alive. The victim somehow ends up in the hands of armed British Forces. He does not have any recount of who he is but can speak fluent English. A war nurse that goes by the name of Hana, assumes responsibility for the burn victim and takes care of him in an abandoned building so he can reside in peace. They are later on joined by Kip, a Sikh sapper in the British Army who defuses bombs and has a love affair with Hana before leaving, and David Caravaggio, a Canadian Intelligence Corps operative who is questioned by Germans and had his thumbs cut of by a German interrogator. Throughout the film David Caravaggio questions the victim, the…

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