The movie: "The Reader" ... SPOILER ALERT. ...I am asking a question that will divulge an essential element of the movie.

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    Feb 01, 2009 11:57 PM GMT
    Why didn't Michael testify or divulge at the trial that Hanna was illiterate and therefore could not have written that report?

    The report was handwritten and it was on the basis of the handwriting that the court was going to link Hanna to the report. So this can not be a case of her meaning that she "wrote" the report by dictation while someone else physically wrote out her words.

    Unless she was confessing to having "written" the report even though it was by dictation, because by dictating the report she was responsible for the report.

    I can't see her accepting such responsibility because she felt she deserved prison time ...or even more prison time than the others. She didnt seem to have a sense of guilt for what she had done. She still saw her actions as her duty. But by exposing her illiteracy, she could have saved herself a lot of prison time.

    Was her embarrassment supposed to have been so great that she would accept life in prison over exposing her illiteracy?

    Oh, and do you think Michael's daughter's was Hanna's daughter, too ....by Michael
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    Feb 02, 2009 1:02 AM GMT
    Caslon8000 saidWhy didn't Michael testify or divulge at the trial that Hanna was illiterate and therefore could not have written that report?
    ]I thought he was to horrified with her being a KZ-guard, ashamed of having had an affair with her.

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    Unless she was confessing to having "written" the report even though it was by dictation, because by dictating the report she was responsible for the report. I didn't even think of this possibility but she had no idea what was in the report, so I assumed one of her colleagues had written it.

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    Was her embarrassment supposed to have been so great that she would accept life in prison over exposing her illiteracy? I thought so when I saw the movie, which makes it a pretty stupid plot-contrivance.

    Oh, and do you think Michael's daughter's was Hanna's daughter, too ....by Michael
    Nope, Hanna was to young for that being the case, assume she was born in the early 70s. The affair was in the 50s
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    Feb 02, 2009 4:54 AM GMT
    Like a lot of movies that appear to be a really good story on the surface, if you give them much thought, they begin to fall apart.