American Involvement in World War 2 Essay

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Casablanca is a movie published in 1942, during world war 2. It is based of a love story but was produced for a specific reason? By watching movies we can learn a lot about history and culture. By viewing Casablanca we can come up with a lot of questions. Does the movie promote American involvement in world war 2 and could be considered propaganda? Besides those questions we can take a look at how America and its allies are portrayed, or if there are any violent scenes, because most war movies show violence and casualties. Every era is different in its culture. What cultural components were demonstrated in Casablanca?

Casablanca promotes American involvement in world war 2 and is considered propaganda. To the time Casablanca was
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Protagonist Rick Blaine, who is an American expatriate, portrays America. Rick remains neutral at the beginning of the movie and shifts to commitment in the end. First, he tries to stay nonpartisan and refuses to discuss the war. He turns from uninterested in politics into an idealist. Rick dislikes the Germans from on the beginning. He doesn’t allow employees of the Deutsche Bank to enter his office. In the end he shoots Major Strasser, a Nazi villain.
Every party wants to persuade other parties to switch to their side. For example a German officer asks the captain: “Which side are you on?”. Another example is when they are in Rick’s Café and Yvonne is talking and making jokes with the German soldiers, Rick states: “Yvonne is going over to the enemy.” In that scene we can see Rick’s development to form his opinion about the war.
Rick’s relationships show America’s allies and enemies. He makes friends with the French captain Louis and they help each other out. At the very end of the movie Rick says to Louis: “I think it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” That the French are depicted well in the movie makes Americans want to join them. It foreshadows that France is going to be one of America’s allies.
As time goes on it gets more and more obvious for the viewer, who the allies and enemies are.
Laszlo is a symbol of resistance to the

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