The Scarlett and the Black Essay

969 Words Aug 17th, 2013 4 Pages
Good vs. Evil Albert Einstein once said, “God did not create evil. Just as darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of God.” During WWII, many horrific atrocities were committed by the Axis Powers, specifically Nazi Germany. Germany, Japan, and Italy represent the evil side of the war, while the Allied Powers consisting of Russia, France, and Britain represented the good side attempting to overcome the evil. More precisely, the two main characters in “The Scarlet and the Black”, Colonel Herbert Kappler and Monsignor O’Flaherty represent the powers of evil and good respectively. Throughout the film, the forces of good and evil turn from working against each other, to coming more close together and good eventually overcoming …show more content…
We know that the forces of good in terms of World War II came out as successful because the Allies recaptured Rome in June, 1944 and won the war in 1945 with the D-Day Invasion in 1944. The rivalry between O’Flaherty and Kappler ended in a victory for Monsignor because Kappler was captured in 1945 and was questioned by the Allied powers for the crimes he committed during the war. Also, he learns that his wife and children were smuggled into Switzerland and Kappler secretly knows it was Monsignor O’Flaherty who did it because previously, he had asked Monsignor to save his family in a one-on-one meeting. This very sincere action by the Monsignor exemplifies the success of good in the film, and also in the world. The last examples of the success of the forces of good in the film is when Kappler was visited by O’Flaherty many times during his prison sentence, and when Kappler is baptized in the hands of monsignor O’Flaherty, showing how goodness in the world will always conquer evil. In conclusion, the conflict between the forces of evil and good were very prevalent in the film. We can see this struggle not only between the national powers in World War II with the Allies and the Axis, but also in more specific parts of the film, with the rivalry between Colonel Herbert Kappler of Nazi Germany and Monsignor O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty

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