In Casablanca, from what does Rick need redemption and how is his redemption achieved?
To understand why Rick needs redemption, let's look at what Rick and his rival for Isla's love, Victor Lazlo, each represent. Victor represents the idealistic vision of a cause. He is willing to give everything to fight against tyranny. He has spent time as a political prisoner and appears even stronger for it. Even after achieving his own freedom, he puts himself back into danger. Rick, on the other hand, ostensibly cares for nobody but himself. Before the war, he and Ilsa lived carefree in Paris, not concerning themselves with the coming conflict. He represents the notion that everything will be fine if one does not get involved with the struggles of nations at war.
We do, however, see cracks in that veneer throughout the film. For...
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