Escaping The Eurocentric Train : Film Analysis

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Escaping the Eurocentric Train
The film Snowpiercer takes on so many themes on such a deep level that one who analyzes its meanings risks falling into two traps: being simply too overwhelmed by the amount of social metaphors and symbols to perform proper examination of any of them or stifling the numerous ideas the film offers by forcing it into a single narrative. Admittedly, this paper will even fail to explore all of the intricate arguments, specifically those concerned with the environment. But in order to attempt to avoid either trap, the structure will start with a narrow analysis of the individual and the scope will be broadened to showcase expanded arguments surrounding the smaller pieces. Snowpiercer begins with planes spraying a
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The film showcases the temptation of the self-made man ideology that capitalism creates. As the revolution moves forward, Curtis is forced to make tough moral choices that eventually allow him to come to a realization about nature. He sacrifices his best friend’s life in order to capture the head of security forces Minister Mason who is representative of militaristic police state policies and key for the revolution to move forward. The viewer learns of the moral dilemma Curtis had been placed in when he was forced into cannibalism. Despite maintaining egalitarian moral standards as the foundation of the revolution, Curtis begins to realize the brutality of his own nature as he moves forward with the revolution. Upon meeting Wilford, the inventor of the sacred engine and a portrayal of the savior of mankind to the elite, he is told that he is the only person to have ever travelled the full length of the train. Wilford praises Curtis as an individual hero, a self-made man, and ignores all the help Curtis had along the way to get there. Below the surface however, the viewer sees Curtis as a leader who is ashamed of the savagery that his leadership created despite the intent of the initial cause. Curtis accepts that the only way to end the suffering of humanity is to accept his role as the next tyrant to maintain order and keep humanity alive. The scenario is better understood by Minister Mason’s
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