Complete 5 pages APA formatted article: Schindler’s List and A Long Way Gone. The trauma theory focuses on how trauma links with memory. It developed in the 20th century, which was marred with violence and distressing experiences. This paper explores war as a traumatic event by giving special attention to the movie Schindler’s List and the book War and Peace.
The movie Schindler’s List is a classical movie that revolves around Oscar Schindler, focusing on his rescue of a multitude of Jews from the concentration camps of the Nazis during World War II. Schindler, just like any other person in the film is erroneous, which gives the movie authenticity and makes it heart-wrecking. Schindler’s love for women was his major weakness, which made him rescue women of Jewish origin. As a Nazi, everyone expects him to be anti-Jews and play part in the extermination of the Jewish race, which the Nazis were so determined to eradicate.
Schindler, who owns a company, strategizes on getting free labor from the Jews. Parting with free labor is true of little value compared to what the Nazis are taking away from them outside Schindler’s company. Freedom from destruction overshadows the tribulations of the Jews as they are maliciously killed in the war. In fact, the Jews ask him to let more of them into the company to offer free labor so they can escape death. Even though Schindler appears to have a heart in the middle of a war, he surely does it for his own end in as much as the war victims also gain from his act. He eventually spends all the money generated by his company to help the Jews.
The movie also gives further insight into World War II through the lives of other characters like Amon Goeth. Goeth emerges as a cruel and hypocritical scoundrel. He enslaves a Jew, who does everything for him and later falls for her. War is characterized by extreme violence. Goeth goes to the balcony and indiscriminately shoots at the Jews while his lover (slave), Helen hitch watches helplessly in dismay. Goeth seems unperturbed by her. This disgusting incident must have been one of the most traumatic experiences in Helen’s life. When he excuses a child from not cleaning a bathtub, Goeth portrays a different picture of him. However, ten seconds is what it takes to unmask his true identity when he shoots the child.