“It was said that a new person had appeared on the promenade: a lady with a little dog”

I watched ‘The Reader’ in the cinema this afternoon. (Warning: Spoiler ahead! =) It was a heavy show laden with many themes, but I enjoyed it because it did not offer pat answers to complex questions. Here are some of the questions that came to my mind as I watched the film:

1. Which is heavier to bear: shame or guilt? The guilt of having once been a concentration camp guard or the shame of not being able to read; the guilt of keeping silent or the shame of an illicit affair?

2. What would you have done? It is always easier to look back and judge actions in the past with the moral standards which we are accustomed to today. But is it the same?

3. What can we do to forgive? Can we ever do enough to ‘earn’ forgiveness? How about giving all our money? Or sending audio tape after audio tape? Or finding someone a job and a place to live in?

4. What power do words have? The power to excite, to arouse, to condemn, to hold in thrall, to make us grow, to force us to confess.

“It was said that a new person had appeared on the promenade: a lady with a little dog”

Advertisements

~ by irwin on January 25, 2009.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: