Essay Chaplin and Fascism

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In the second decade of the twentieth century, a man named Charlie Chaplin achieved world fame through cinema. He did so even before the cinema had come of age. Chaplin’s contribution to the development of cinema was nothing short of enormous. The time in which Chaplin’s career was flourishing, was also a time when the world was experiencing many problems. Chaplin’s personal beliefs, in combination with the events happening in the world at the time, were a driving force in what message one of his later films carried.
Many historians note the similarity of Chaplin to Hitler. One of the most apparent facts is that they were both born within four days of each other in the year 1889. Furthermore, the two men bore
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He was no longer “The tramp” in films. A real job and a social standing, as a Jewish barber, had replaced his comical mannerisms and out-of-touch approach to life. His decision to do the film made sense for the time, seeing as he had a great disdain for the German government. It also would not be an overstatement to say that Chaplin harbored a small “grudge” against the German regime.
The film progresses steadily to its controversial anti-Nazi climax. Charlie the barber is mistaken for the dictator (Hynkel) and is marched to the podium by his supporters to deliver a speech to the congregation. Upon arriving there, the barber rallies himself to deliver a noteworthy speech against the evils of fascism and dictatorship. The speech he delivers goes as follows:

I'm sorry, but I don't want to be emperor. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone, if possible -- Jew, Gentile -- black men -- white . . . The way of life can be beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls -- has barricaded the world with hate -- has goose-stepped us
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