Oskar Schindler - A Flawed Man Becomes A Hero

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Identity can be defined as the personal characteristics and behaviour by which an individual is recognized. The actions and thoughts of one are often linked to one's identity- bringing with it prejudice and respect. Thomas Keneally, the author of Schindler's List, reveals different sides of Oskar's identities to show that while Oskar is not a perfect man, Oskar is yet a hero. Oskar Schindler, an ordinary man full of flaws just like the rest of us, can in fact do extraordinary things.

Oskar is a sensualist who enjoys physical pleasures and likes to spend extravagantly on wine, food, and women. Oskar himself is a very tall and handsome man. Needless to say, he is a magnetic force to the young women around him. His appearance appeals to a beautiful young girl named Emilie. After only six weeks of courtship, they are married. In later years, the marriage proves to be a mistake with Oskar getting caught up on alcohol and a number of other women, such as: Victoria Klonowska- the polish secretary, Ingrid- the German Mistress, and the blonde SS girl; ?To all his women he was well-mannered and generous lover? (p.14),

but in reality he treats women unfairly. He admits openly to his behaviour without shame or regret; ?Oskar would never be a surreptitious lover?it was that he never saw any need to lie, to creep into hotels by the back stairs, to knock quietly on any girl?s door in the small hours? (p.62). Oskar is not a moral individual. Indeed, Oskar is a womanizer. This raises the question of whether a hero can have a flawed past; does that effectively disqualify him from being respected for his work? Not only is Oskar a womanizer, he also profits from the Jewish labourers as he is a member of...