American Comedy and Issues of Social Class in America Essay

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American Comedy and Issues of Social Class in America

Issues of the social class have been an important element of American film comedies. Since the silent era until the current day, comedy films tend to focus on many contemporary common social class issues in America. During the silent era of film, the three well known comedians, Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. Throughout his films, Chaplin's character is portrayed as a lower-class man, who is trying to climb the social ladder and better his position in society. His dress reflects his attempt to give the appearance of higher social status. His costume has all the elements of a gentleman, however his appearance is ridiculous
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In his film The Count once again Chaplin is portraying a lower-class citizen in the role of a tailor's assistant. After losing his job, he goes to get food from his mother who works as a cook for a higher-class family, which exemplifies his lower social status. Then he tries to pass himself off as a count to get the attention of a woman by the name of "Miss Moneybags", which implies that he is only interested in her money. Throughout the rest of the film, he competes with his former boss to seem more upper-crust. At dinner he fails horribly when trying to eat watermelon like a gentleman. The watermelon gets on his ears so he ties a napkin around his head, which is a telltale sign of his lack of breeding. In his film The Count once again Chaplin is portraying a lower-class citizen in the role of a tailor's assistant. After losing his job, he goes to get food from his mother who works as a cook for a higher-class family, which exemplifies his lower social status. Then he tries to pass himself off as a count to get the attention of a woman by the name of "Miss Moneybags", which implies that he is only interested in her money. Throughout the rest of the film, he competes with his former boss to seem more upper crust. At dinner he fails horribly when trying to eat watermelon like a gentleman.
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