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The Bridge on the River Kwai Film Summary & Analysis

David Lean
This Study Guide consists of approximately 24 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Bridge on the River Kwai.
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Motifs

War

World War II is the backdrop for this story. Many people will experience a time of war in their lifetime. War is a common motif in film, since many people can relate to it and since war provides a backdrop and purpose for heroic deeds as well as tragedies. World War II can be considered the worst war that the modern world has seen. The wartime motif helps viewers see all the themes running through the film. We are able to see the courage, determination and dignity with which Colonel Nicholson and the other soldiers act. Even under the greatest pressure, these men act with dignity and honor. The war motif also gives a good reason for Nicholson's men to have a common goal. This story could not reasonably be set any other time besides wartime, since war creates a unique situation...

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