Analysis Of Fiddler On The Roof

1084 WordsDec 19, 20165 Pages
Analyzing the worldviews that were portrayed in Fiddler on the Roof was a little unsettling. It had never occurred to me to watch a movie with a critical eye, focused on the worldview presented and not just on the entertainment quality of the film. I have viewed this movie several times before. I enjoyed the musical numbers and the characters, however, I never considered the deeper meaning of the film until I watched it again for this assignment. Phillips, Brown, and Stonestreet (2008) wrote, “The proliferation and existence of various kinds of entertainment both express and shape the values of a people” (p. 264). Values are taught by people (parents, teachers, pastors, public leaders), as well as by movies, television, and books. When I originally watched this movie many years ago with my mother, I romanticized the characters and didn’t see what was going on in that time of history. It was all about the music and dance for me. Fiddler on the Roof is the tale of an underprivileged Jewish milkman, Tevye, in a Czarist-ruled Russian shtetl (settlement) in 1905, who longs for a better life. There was a background of antisemitism going on at that time. I believe the mainstay of the story is the changing times and how it encroaches on and changes Tevye’s traditions, which he holds dear and like a lifeline. Tevye makes it abundantly clear the purpose of his traditions but he is unsure of where they came from. He says, “…we have traditions for everything: how to sleep, how
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