- Published: October 27, 2022
- Updated: October 27, 2022
- University / College: University of Pennsylvania
- Language: English
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The Honecker joke scene presents Wiesler and his boss Grubitz in a conversation. Grubitz scorns Wiesler, who responds by stating that “ Socialism must start somewhere.” This shows how the two different individuals view the issue on socialism after the joke on Erich. Erich was the East Germany leader, and during that time, making jokes about the political figures was classically prohibited. Those who made jokes about the leaders were jailed. Grubitz after the joke informs Stigler that he has committed political litigation, and that would cost his career. After a moment of silence, he bursts out laughing and states he was kidding. This makes one wonder who is the true socialist.
The “ Lives of Others” presents the monitoring of the East Berlin by the Stasi, which is the GDR’s secret police. The Stasi officer Gerd Wiesler is given the mandate to report of Dreyman’s activities. This is because he had absconded scrutiny by the state. Dreyman pro-communist ideas and international recognition had made the Stasi agents monitor him because they thought he was a traitor. The surveillance on him makes matters worse as minister of culture in the country Bruno Hemp takes Christa-Maria Sieland, Dreyman’s girlfriend. Through the surveillance done by Wiesler, he realizes that Sieland and Dreyman are in a relationship. Dreyman learns of the surveillance and the reasons as to why they are monitoring him. Later, Dreyman discovers the relationship between Hempf and Sieland and tells her not to meet him again. Although Dreyman was a loyal supporter of the regime, the state actions of surveillance on him disillusioned him. The monitoring was a motive of the GDR to check those who were not loyal to the regime. One would not feel comfortable in a state where he is spied on for personal or political reasons.