Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

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Savannah Dye Short Essay #3 October 18, 2016 Invasion of the Marriage Police Invasion of the Body Snatchers is widely dubbed an anti-Communist film by those who have seen it. The plot of the movie is that unfamiliar, extraterrestrial “body snatchers” are taking over the bodies of people in a small town in California while they sleep, and replacing them with clones that lack emotion. For the most part, a general consensus has been reached that the mass hysteria about the “pod people” in the film is reflective of the red-scare consumed society of the 1950’s. However, the article that I read that was written in response to this film suggests that it is instead a cynical representation of post-WWII, traditional American domesticity. The article that I read that was pertaining to Don Siegel’s 1956 adaptation of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is called “Lovelier the Second Time Around: Divorce, Desire, and Gothic Domesticity in Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, written by Jennifer L. Jenkins. Jenkins suggests that rather than being a science fiction film that has an anti-Communism message, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is actually a Gothic narrative that presents domesticity and marriage in general as a crippling institution. The 20-page article offers up many examples throughout the film that reinforce the idea that the transformed “pod people” represent the traditional, domesticated individuals while those who remain in their authentic state represent non-conforming

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