The French Prisoner's Life Is Beautiful

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Change is an act or process through which something becomes different. Change will always trigger an effect, and when these effects are unpleasant to the person experiencing them, it is known as a consequence. Not only does change have consequences, but they can also be transformative. The texts 'Life is Beautiful', 'The French Prisoner' and 'Road Not Taken' all show aspects of change and shows how change triggers effects that are risky, but transformative. Suffering is the factor that causes change to be the most transformative. Pain, and seeing others in pain impacts us all, and it shows in all of the texts mentioned in this text, however, the text that demonstrates how suffering and pain can change the perspective of others is 'Life is Beautiful,' a text set in the late 1930s, the period of the Holocaust. We see that Guido, an optimistic father, struggles to find the happiness within the German-run concentration camps so he can play the charade of 'it's just a game!' with his young son and risks his life by hiding him and making him unaware of the situation. His perspective transforms within this camp due the suffering of the pessimistic prisoners, who knew…show more content…
The French Prisoner, a poem written by Janos Pilinszky is in the perspective of a persona, watching the hungry French prisoner in his desperate attempt to find food, or anything that is edible. The memory of the French prisoner plagues the persona into feeling pain empathy, as seen in the lines ''I am hungry!' And suddenly I feel the eternal hunger.' This causes for the persona to struggle and feel the same hunger as the prisoner, just like when he was working in the prison, which demonstrates the impact of seeing others that are suffering and in pain, which is also known as pain empathy, but not all change results from violence or

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