Discussion

 What do you think the film, Casablanca, says about America’s involvement (or lack of involvement) in World War II? Remember, the film was made prior to December 7, 1941 – the day that the U.S. officially entered the war. Do a little online research into America’s early reluctance to enter the war in 1939-41. Which Casablanca character represents the U.S. and what iconic line of dialogue indicates the U.S. position on the war in 1939, 40 & 41? More specifically, write about what you think the theme of the film is. This needs to be more than just a word (like “Love,” “Patriotism” or “Sacrifice”). It needs to be a fully articulated idea. For example, “Sometimes we must sacrifice our personal wants for the greater needs of society.”