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The Lives Of Others By Michelle Looc
We follow the stirred up emotions of the main character In a visual or oral text to chart struggle and change, Florien Von Hence Demonstrates who directed The Lives of Others portrays Wiser as an emotionless guy like a robot. We follow Wiggler’s Journey as we find his struggles and changes in emotions peculiar due to his strict emotionless state. Demonstrates uses the theme individuality vs.. Conformity to initiate changes in Wiggler’s life influenced by George Drayman as he puts his life at risk. Demonstrates portrays Wiser as a Stasis officer.
He wears grey and black clothes, his apartment and the use of lighting creates a dull effect showing viewers the room looks plain and boring. He also only has one plate, one cup and eats uncooked rice with tomato sauce. He doesn’t decorate his home nor does he use the effort to cook delicious dinner. This portrayal defines Wiser as an uncreative person. When we first hear of Wiser it is from another Stasis escorting a prisoner to the interrogation room. “Call him captain. ” This dialogue tells viewers Wiser holds high authority within the Stall.
When he names the prisoner, “Prisoner 227” we find Wheelers has no care for others and stripped the man of his own Individuality. Wheelers is clearly portrayed as a cold hearted, strict and harsh man. Therefore when Wiser faces challenges and struggles to keep his conformity we become interested in his change. He believes the Stasis is the “the party shield and sword,” which he reinforces to Grubbier. Wiggler’s belief was so strong that when he was influenced by Dairyman’s action and belief, his own ideology was shattered due to Minister Hemp manipulating the Stasis system.
Wiser starts to question the system of the Stasis and struggles to find his reason for existence since before; his sole purpose In life was to serve the Stasis. From Dairyman’s influence he starts to embrace ‘Art’. Society needs to realism Art comes in many different forms from poetry to film. Art is a fragment of our imagination, a representation of our individuality. We see Wiser struggling to stay conformed and suppress his individuality from others. Evident when Wiser tries to protect Drayman and Ashland whilst keeping his Job as Stasis.
As well as when he olds the chair with passion and quickly reverts to his old self when his partner arrives. He still protects Drayman when Drayman plans to rebel against the stall, because Wiser also starts to see the wrongful actions the system has caused. He protects Drayman when he writes fake reports; there’s an extreme close up on the report which says “Laszlo discusses first scene with… ” This shows significance because it portrays Wiggler’s change, from conformity to individuality.
When he writes fake reports It requires a creative mind thus viewers conclude Wheelers Is becoming a erector, lying to Grubber he has become an actor, an artist. Wheelers continues to protect Drayman till the end despite the huge risk of his career being gone. Shown when Grubbier has gathered all the evidence to seize Drayman into jail, Wiser had the opportunity to let Drayman go to jail but he quickly hides the red ink typewriter. Since he was the first to arrive at the apartment and had red ink on his fingers he would be the first suspect to have hidden the typewriter.
We see Wiser struggling when Ashland dies as a result of this; he struggles to stay conformed when his heart s an icy man and starts to soften up and protects Drayman, he valued Dairyman’s life over his. We see Wiser has become a ‘good man,’ Demonstrates sets a great example of Wiser providing society insight that bad men can turn good. Wiser is antisocial, has a strong mental wall and a strict personality, all of this was to protect himself but when he protects Drayman instead, the transition is clearly shown that bad men can turn good. Stirred up emotions of sadness and confusion overwhelm Wiser to take actions upon the Stasis.
We see another struggle is when Wiser is ring to make decisions based on individualized thinking rather than based on Stasis laws. When he arrives at the elevator and a young boy comes in. He states that his father says “Stasis are bad men who put people into prison,” Wiser then says “What’s the name of your… ” This pause indicates a hesitation, a change in Wiggler’s cycle of thought which he then finishes the sentence with “ball. ” This shows that Wiser now knows that the Stasis are injustice; invading private homes without permission, not allowing individual opinions of certain things and arresting for invalid reasons.
Wiser thus makes a decision based on his individualized thinking. Audience see Wiser struggles to use his individual thinking, because viewers now understand how risky it is to use individualized thinking rather than conforming to Stasis laws. The risk is big because the Stasis controlled everything, which as a result he got demoted. Demonstrates wants society to understand that no one can tell you what to do or what to think, if you believe what you think is right then continue to believe because everything comes at a great cost. To save another you must sacrifice something of equal value.
Viewers learn that we should do what is right no matter the risk. In conclusion, The Lives of Others by Demonstrates portrays Wiser as an icy man, as he lives through the lives of Drayman and Island his icy wall starts to shatter as well as his belief of the Stasis system. As his emotions begins to stir up from sadness to confusion and questioning the Stasis system we see change through him as he starts to believe in what he thinks and not influenced by others. As he faces challenges we see that things require risks and come at a great cost and nothing comes free.