A Change in Perception: The Evolution of Entertainment, 1920-1962

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A Change in Perception: The Evolution of Entertainment Between 1920-1962

In the last century, America and its inhabitants underwent many changes. From the "Roaring Twenties" to the Great Depression, and from the Dust Bowl to the ideal 50's, entertainment evolved to suit an ever changing nation. In D.W. Griffith's film, Way Down East, a young woman seeks out financial assistance from her wealthier family members. In this film in particular an ever widening separation between the classes is evident. In John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath, and The Salt of the Earth, a change has occurred within the sexes, and within the struggles of working class American's. In Leave it to Beaver, American is life depicted as worry free and ideal. It is
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It is important to understand that as the American family changed due to war, financial struggle, or prosperity, entertainment changed as well. Those involved in making these films and television took into consideration the feelings of the families they were meant to depict. In watching these films, one is also watching the evolution of a country and a culture.

In D.W. Griffith's film Way Down East, feminism was portrayed as a woman being somewhat naïve to any sexual awareness. A woman was also expected to do whatever was necessary for the good of her own family. Anna Moore is the main character in this film. She sets out towards Boston to visit her well to do family members the Tremont's. In an effort to help her struggling mother, she arrives in Boston on the evening of her cousins bridge whist party. Anna seems to be unaware of just how unwelcome she is. Lennox Sanderson sees this homey little girl and is at first uninterested but eventually her approaches her. Sanderson is an uninhibited male and is very sexually motivated. He creates an elaborate hoax and stages a false marriage to Anna. Of course, innocent and sweet Anna falls for the whole thing and ends up pregnant. She ends up losing the baby. After her mother's death, Anna wanders off looking for work and finds it on the Bartlett farm. This is the point that
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