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The Hero and Anti-Hero in Casablanca Casablanca is a very popular classic in which the audience is enlightened with a colourful combination of characters The two prominent characters in the film Rick Blane and Victor Lazlo have a unique role because they portray the anti-hero and hero These two character traits are critical because they differentiate the two main characters in the film But even though the anti-hero Rick Blane and hero Victor Lazlo have very different character personas at the comparative level the main difference is that the anti-hero is driven by passion and the hero is driven by reason This prominent difference is evident in their political beliefs their relationships with Ilsa and in the directors portrayal of their inner feelings Rick Blane and Victor Lazlo are individuals with very strong political beliefs Even though both characters demonstrate that they have an interest in politics they have different driving forces within them that bring forth their interests In Ricks case he exhibits an interest in politics that is centered around his feelings for the woman he loves For example when Rick was together with Ilsa in Paris he was very ambitious with his political beliefs He was visualizing resistance and freedom for the French people After tragically losing the love of his life Rick ceased to show any political involvement or any strong political beliefs and began to worry only about his own well-being On the other hand Victor Lazlo is the type of character that is involved in politics for the love of politics He is not dependent on the love of a woman to give him the strength he needed to be actively involved in politically divided situations An example of his love for politics was when Victor began singing the Marseilles in the club to overpower the Nazi anthem The overall impression given by the director using particular clothes hair style and physique sends the message to the
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