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Albert Camus Peoples Inability to Act and Schindlers ListI know that the great tragedies of history often fascinate men with approachinghorror Paralyzed they cannot make up their minds to do anything but wait Sothey wait and one day the Gorgon devours them But I should like to convinceyou that the spell can be broken that there is an illusion of impotence that strength of heart intelligence and courage are enough to stop fate andsometimes reverse it Albert Camus Albert Camus believes that the greatest tragedies of history are sohorrific that people stand in awe and consequently nobody even attempts to doanything in response of the tragedies Many are under an illusion of impotence and eventually Camus states The Gorgon devours them Also in order forthis spell to be broken people must have strength of heart intelligenceand courage I believe that Albert Camus is correct people are under a valeof impotence when it comes to the tragedies of the world and that people caneasily overcome this inability and reverse their fate or let the Gorgondevour them Camuss beliefs can be proved through the use of examples from themovie Schindlers List Oscar Schindler the movies main character is in the beginning of themovie not actually aware of the full extent of the killing of Jews and thepowerful anti-Semitic outlook of his comrades His ties relating to the affairsof the Nazi party and his loyalty to his country shield him from this knowledgeThus it can be concluded that in the beginning of the movie Schindler does notfully grasp the tragedy at hand and consequently does nothing attempt to aidthe Jews Shindlers realizations of the horrors of the holocaust begin in onescene near the middle of the film During this infamous turning point of themovie Schindler on top of a barren hill traces the path of a young andhelpless Jewish girl who wanders haphazardly through the streets of a devastatedcamp In a red trench-coat-coat nowhere to go desperately searching
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