While watching the film I notice that the main characters see them selves differently. Ofelia as the type of heroine that needs to save her family, but keeps failing. While Captain Vindal sees him self as a symbol of a perfect Spain. What else that makes the Captain interesting is how he also sees himself, he is self aware of what he is doing and even though he sees this as a good thing, deep down the Captain knows that he is a monster.
Also the fighting between the military and the resistance represent the classic battle between the rich and the poor
We could look more into the condition of Spain after the Civil War