Hotel Rwanda Analysis

Essay by yukahamada22 October 2007

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Once I finished watching the movie Hotel Rwanda, the first thought that came up to me was that the structure and the lesson of the story seems to be similar with the very well-known movie Schindeler's List: A very average, wise man with a motive that emerged from nowhere to risk all that he has to save the lives of a couple hundred people with the same destiny, death. Hotel Rwanda is based on the genocide during the early 1990s where the Tutsis were being exterminated by the Hutu. As the reporter even pointed out, the massacre might be seen from the TV sets around the world, and they would say " 'Oh my God, that's terrible', and they'll go on eating their dinners," he declares.. Instead of basing the movie on a larger view, it is enclosed to a small location just in the hotel, focused more on a less known, less understood horror, on one man who made a difference.

Paul Rusesabagina, manager of a five-star hotel in Kigali. A smart man who ingratiates rich guests, using bribes to obtain a smooth business in the hotel. Other than his wife and children, he is careless about the outer world. His character is revealed through the early scene as the political tension increases all over the country and the soldiers storming through his neighbors home's at night. Paul coldly declines to help his neighbor by saying, "He isn't family. Family is all that matters. As a Hutu himself with a Tutsi wife (Tatiana), he becomes a hero accidently when helping the people that stayed in his house. Yet later using his hotel to keep the refugees, he realises that it was almost his duty to save lives of the Tutsi. Using all the skills he had gained from...