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Analysis Of The Movie ' House Of Cards '

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"There are two kinds of pain: The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that 's only suffering. I have no patience for useless things”. This opening quote from the Netflix original series, House of Cards, sets the tone for the ultimate theme of power displayed over the course of the show. The main character, Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, first speaks to the audience after mercilessly killing his neighbor’s dog after it was hit by a car. Because the dog was injured, it became a useless being and merely a nuisance to Underwood. This example seen in the first episode is a blunt introduction to a main character that is not only power-hungry but also shows no sympathy for the weak. Frank Underwood states that power lasts centuries while money causes people, and things, to fall apart. According to the article by Sivanathan, power is based on an individual’s intentional and effective capacity to control, modify, or influence others by “providing or withholding resources or administering punishments” (Sivanathan). Frank Underwood chooses power because it allows him to leave a legacy that will never be forgotten, while simultaneously granting him access to other types of power. According to the article by Lakens, power is often associated with a hierarchy. Those who are most powerful are placed at the top and those with less are placed on the bottom (Lakens). The middle section is arranged accordingly on a vertical totem pole, if
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