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LordGro
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12:58:19 PM Sep 13th 2012
edited by LordGro
I removed this trope example because we don't usually list aversions. In fact, it might be said that the trope is in effect, as the movie puts focus on Sophie over the male members of the Weiße Rose (so as if her suffering and execution was in some way more important and meaningful).
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Averted by explicit request of Sophie Scholl herself. She repeatedly insists to disbelieving interrogators and officials that she was in no way manipulated by her brother and that she engaged in resistance activities of her own free will, and demands that she receives the same punishment as Hans.
    • However, it is worth noting that in Real Life, Scholl was the only female member of the White Rose to be executed. In the subsequent purge of the movement, male members were proportionally far more likely to be sentenced to death.
LinguaViva
05:33:14 AM Sep 14th 2012
edited by LinguaViva
This Troper read an interview with the director in which he was asked why he had not focused as much attention on Hans Scholl, to which he replied, "Hans was the political head of the movement from the beginning, and a fighter (who had already once been arrested). For me it was more interesting to explore the reaction of a smaller cog when placed before the Gestapo".

Also, having read some of the interrogation transcripts, Hans' interviews following his confession seem to be largely made up of him attempting to foot the blame and convince the Gestapo that his sister in particular is innocent, while Sophie's interviews record quite a lot of her ideological tracts, so in terms of laying out the goals and ideals of the White Rose, she's the best representative.

Still, Hans Scholl was an extremely interesting figure - it's a pity he wasn't given more attention.
LordGro
07:54:08 AM Sep 14th 2012
Yes, it seems to me the special interest Sophie Scholl has always gotten is due to the fact that she was given the chance to get out alive, yet refused.

I didn't mean my above post to sound negative — the trial of Sophie Scholl just makes for a much more dramatic movie because of this. For Hans Scholl or Christian Probst the outcome was sealed to begin with; not much suspense there. Still, I hold that Men Are the Expendable Gender is not averted.
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