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One of the main themes in the film Casablanca is the personal transformation of the movies main character Rick Blaine played by Humphrey Bogart In the beginning of the movie Rick Blaine is shown as a selfish bitter American exile who claims to have no emotional or political loyalties By the end of the movie Rick becomes a man who sacrifices his own happiness and risks everything for love and honor It is established early in the movie that Rick Blaine is a man who has no political loyalties and will not participate in the political intrigue that occurs in Casablanca Even a fellow club owner Senor Ferrari criticizes Rick for his non-political views When will you realize that in this world today isolationism is no longer a practical policy This statement helps the viewer understand that Rick wants no part of the political dealings that are happening around him Another example of Ricks political neutrality is when Major Strasser a Nazi official openly suspects Ricks political allegiance When asked about his nationality Rick tells the major I am a drunkard With this simple and yet witty remark Rick avoids telling the General his political views The most blatant example of Ricks indifference to politics and other peoples well-being would be Ricks reaction to the killing of Ugarte Ugarte is a black market dealer who pleads for Ricks help after being shot by the Germans Even though Rick knows Ugarte he ignores the plea for help After Ugartes is dragged away by the authorities Ricks justifies his lack of compassion by telling a club patron I stick my neck out for nobody The transformation of Rick begins with the appearance of his lost love Ilsa Laszlo Ilsa the wife of a prominent member of the French Rsistance suddenly appears at Ricks nightclub and proceeds to turn his world upside down Via flashbacks the audience finally gets to witness a softer
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