World literature movies, the Schindler`s List

Worldliterature movies, the Schindler`sList

Filmadaptation has become a common phenomenon in the world of literature.Books can be transformed into films and the vice versa. There arenumerous books that have been made into films. This greatly helps theunderstanding of the book. “Schindler`s List” is one of the booksthat have been made into films. The film is American based and wasdeveloped in the year 1993. It is an epic historical film. StevenSpielberg is the director and the co-producer of the film. It wasscripted by Steven Zaillian. The film is retrieved from ThomasKeneally’s novel the “Schindler`s Ark.” The document belowanalyzes “Schindler`s List” movie, one of the world’sliterature film and also gives some moral lessons gained from thefilm (Keneally and Nancy 12).


“Schindler’sList” is a Steven Spielberg`s film. The film illustrates anintense, horrifying holocaust. It tends to recreate the dark,frightening era during the Second World War. This is when theNazi-occupied Krakow first evicted the Jews from their homes andbusinesses and placed them in forced labor camps and ghettos inPlaszow. The Jews were eventually resettled in concentration campswaiting to be executed. A German businessman, as well as a Naziparty`s opportunist by the name Oskar Schindler, acquired a factory.The factory was producing cooking paraphernalia and mess kits. OskarSchindler, however, had little knowledge of running such a business.This made him gain a contact with Itzhak Stern who eventually linkedhim with the Jewish business community who by then were living in theghetto (Keneally et al. 7).

Theywould loan Oskar Schindler money for the factory which would becompensated for a small portion of products they would produce tosell in the black market. Schindler witnessed Holocaust’shorrifying events and the toll it was taking on the Jewish people.Schindler’s motivation switched from profit to human sympathy. Hegot deeply affected overtime on seeing how Jews were being treatedand took the initiative of protecting approximately 1500 Jews whowere working for him. He went a step further and convinced theauthorities to build a new factory. This is where employees would beinterned and released to go their ways to face Amon’s wrath. Amonwas the camp commandant (Keneally and Nancy 34).

Whenthe camp got closed, Oskar Schindler arranged a transfer of his Jewsto a new factory that was located in Czechoslovakia. When the trainthat was carrying women diverted to Auschwitz, he raced there to freethem making use of his fortune to get them released to him. By theend of the Second World War, Oskar Schindler had lost all he had.However, he managed to save lives of more than 1000 Jews who wereworking for him. The “Schindler`s List” and the Job’s poetryhave some similarities as well as differences. The two documentstouch very essential aspects of the human life.

The“Schindler`s List” analyzed the human life from the warperspective. In the life of a human being, crashes tend to crop up atsome points in life. The film, therefore, is of great importancesince it teaches people that they should expect crashes in theirlives. It also explains what people should do in a war context. Thejob’s poetry, on the other hand, explains life of a human being onthe challenges context. Challenges are inevitable but from the job’scontext one could understand those challenges are not always demonic,and they should make people deviate from being morally upright. Thetwo scenarios are hence similar in that they tend to analyze reallife experiences. They also look alike in the sense that they tend toanalyze human suffering although in different contexts.

Theyalso tend to differ in a number of ways. The “Schindler’s List’s”themes compare good versus the evil while the Job story brings outthe themes of punishment and sin. The good versus evil can be termedas one of the themes that have been explored in the film. The movieis perfectly conveyed through the film’s main protagonist a goodGerman. This is a widespread characterization in the American cinema.Goeth, on the other hand, is revealed as a completely dark as well asan evil person. Oskar Schindler evolved gradually from a Nazisupporter to a rescuer as well as a hero. The second theme conveyedin the film is the redemption theme. This is introduced as OskarSchindler a disreputable plotter on the respectability’s edgesbecame a father figure obligated to saving the lives of more than onethousand Jews (Keneally and Nancy 79).

TheJob’s story on the other hand analyzes the themes of the punishmentand sin. This is brought about in Job’s story by the suffering hepassed. Many people who were involved in that context believed thatJob was under punishment for something wrong he had done. It is,however, clear to the reader that Job was just under test. It is Godwho had allowed it. In the poet, however, it became clear that at agiven time&nbspJob repented his sins. That is how these themes arebrought about in that context.The “Schindler’s List” tends toconcentrate issues on human beings context. The entire scenariorevolves around the Jews and the Nazi. Both parties of the scenariorevolve around human beings. The Job story, on the other hand, isbetween a human being, the devil and God. This shows that the contextwas between human beings and spiritual beings.

The“Schindler’s List” film turns to be very humanistic in natureand possesses numerous moral lessons that one can learn from it. Twomain themes are revealed in the film (Keneally et al. 42).Watchingthe movie gave me a couple of essential moral lessons. It is throughthe movie that I learned that even if one cannot stop an enormouswrong, there is something meaningful he or she can do. OskarSchindler had all the rights to say he was just a simple Nazisupporter and had no power to save the Jews. However, he used a verysimple way of employing the Jews and saved them from the hand ofdeath. This clearly shows that no matter how huge a vice or wrongmight be each person can offer a solution from his or her capabilitythat will eventually make a significant difference. The entirescenario can hence be summed up by a phrase that with courage andquick thinking even a child can save a life (Keneally et al. 24).

Anothermoral lesson than the film conveys is that heroes are not necessarilythe exemplars of sacrifice and integrity. Oskar Schindler used towork for the Nazis and the most part of his life he was aself-promoter and an opportunist. These facts, however, did nothinder Oskar Schindler from becoming a savior consequently a hero.This shows that a good can emerge from unexpected places. The bottomline of the entire point is that no one is perfect. Finally, one canlearn that sometimes someone’s faults can be an asset at somepoint. Oskar Schindler’s rebellion to the authority saved lives(Keneally and Nancy 89).

Thestory of Job also possessed enviable moral lessons. It teaches peoplethat not all challenges are punishment. The story of job reveals thatGod can make someone pass under challenges. Job passed throughchallenges, and his friends believed he was under punishment. But thestory reveals that Job was just under test. The context also revealedthat every challenge has an end. Job’s story ended up to a happyending. This clearly shows that challenges have an end, and theycannot deter someone from having a bright future.


Literaturemovies are essential tools of teaching. They should hence beencouraged. More books should be transformed into films. These filmsshould be employed in schools as teaching aids. Learners will be ableto understand the book`s content easily because of the enthusiasmbrought about by the film. The film, “Schindler’s List,&quotpossesses a greater meaning in this form than in its literal work. Itis easily understandable, interesting and educative hence it&nbspisa better teaching material compared to the book itself. The books arealso of importance and employing both of them will greatly help thelearners. Learners can use both of them hence get an extensivemeaning of the books content.


Keneally,Thomas, and Nancy Taylor.&nbspSchindler`sList.Harlow: Pearson Education, 2008. Print.

Keneally,Thomas, Nancy Taylor, and Thomas Keneally.&nbspSchindler`sList.Harlow: Pearson, 2003. Print.