Throughout this course so far we have learned of the struggles of man, from slavery and reconstruction, war, to industrialization and the Great Depression. These were hard times in America and frankly I’m glad I do not have to live through it. From the film Modern Times by Charlie Chaplin we get an inside look at how one felt and experienced during the 1930’s. I clearly feel this movie captured the essence of what today people think about today of the 1930’s, Industrialization and the Great Depression. It is at this time that the hard-working class citizen is highlighted. Let’s begin with a brief summary of the film. The film follows a young man who is working in the factory trying to keep up with technology but ends of losing his mind. …show more content…
The part where the government is taking them away and the screen flashes the saying “The law takes charge of the orphans”. This flat out shows how the government feels they own a person and what happens with them until the government sees fit. Which is also what happens today with minors, it is understandable but nevertheless it is the government having full control over what happens to an individual person. Which results in the eldest daughter running away before they can take her away but ends up catching up to her in the end of the film. The economics is absolutely terrible during the Great Depression. People are starving in the street every day. The basic survival needs of life are stripped from many people such as, work, food, and shelter. In the Chaplin film, the woman who Chaplin becomes companions with, story began as a thief, stealing food to feeds her siblings and father as he no longer had work to be able to provide for his family. We watch the scene as she is a crazy eyed savage type stealing bananas just to have some food for the day. But children are not the only ones to steal to eat in this film. The part of the movie in the department store examines the lengths of hostility men were willing to go to get food. Here the robber shot at and held hostage Chaplin until an ex coworker recognized him. He went on to explain “We ain’t burglars, were hungry”. Men during this time were
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“We don’t really care about diversity all that much in America” (132). In “People Like us” David Brooks takes a logical approach through examining the demographics of our neighborhoods, our educational institutions, and he touches on an emotional approach by having his audience examine their values; he does this with hopes of having his audience question their word choice for the American value diversity, and question if the way they are living their lives invites diversity.
In Our Time, written by Ernest Hemingway, is a collection of short stories that were published in 1925 and defined Hemingway's writing style from there on. As a symbolic image of Hemingway himself, Nick Adams is faced with troubling relationships that ultimately define who he is. Life experiences from young to old define show how Nick lives his love before, during, and after World War One. These experiences strengthen his relationships, maturity, and masculinity.
The 1930’s were hard times for the entire working class, but as usual in history, minorities were hit the hardest. Especially the African American society had to suffer the most under the effects of the great economic depression; they were the first to be discharged from their jobs and the last to be hired. African Americans were even pushed out of jobs, which were previously scorned out by whites. Even if they were allowed to keep their jobs, they still had to face daily racism. Compared to the white folks, the wages of African American workers were at least 30% below white’s wages, even when performing the same job; considering, that even the normal wage of a white American was not enough to cover the subsistent level of expanses of a household.
This movie explores issues of greed, human relationships, betrayal and redemption, personal innocence and responsibility as well as the effects on the human mind
This movie Directed by Paul Haggis who also directed Academy Award Winning "Million Dollar Baby" and had also won an Academy Award for this movie as well puts a twisted story in this film. This movie is trying to symbolize what goes on in the world today in regards to racism and stereotypes. He tries to make a point on how societies view themselves and others in the world based on there ethnicities. This movie intertwines several different people's lives, all different races, with different types of beliefs. Such ethnicities include Caucasians, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Middle Eastern. This movie includes conflicts on both sides of the picture from cops and criminals as well
Has America ever been great, of the 239 years this influential country has been a country has it ever been truly great and free? As Langston Hughes exclaimed, "America never was America to me”. Learned Hand and Langston Hughes had differences on their thought on the topic of Liberty and whether America is great. Hughes and Hands opinion of Liberty has changed the way the common man reacts to racism and the way we perceive America's greatness.
• Describe the film in general terms. What subjects does it cover? Describe the plot and setting. What issues does it raise? What do you see as the main purpose of the film?
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Throughout Langston Hughes' novel, Not Without Laughter, the author introduces multiple characters that reveal their notions of prejudice. The novel explores that prejudice in one form or another is in every aspect of one's life. Prejudice can be defined as an opinion for or against a person's look, race, class, or religion, which is usually formed by a hasty generalization. Most of the main characters, Aunt Hager, Sister Johnson, Jimboy, Harriet, and Tempy contain different accounts of prejudice in the world, which stimulate many of Sandy's thoughts of life as he comes of age. Aunt Hager, Annjee, Harriet, and Sandy, are a multi-generation poor African American family that live in a small home together but are eventually divided by multiple circumstances. The story takes place during the 1910s in the small town of Stanton, Kansas.
Of course I knew what is was it was where children were taken away from their parents because they couldn't give them a healthy life, and if the parents showed signs of improvement they were gonna have the chance to keep their child. This short movie made me realize all the things a child can go through when going through the hardship of finding a new home. First of all the trauma a child can go through with abusive irresponsible children since children who have little support by their parents tend to not have a bright future. Second children go through the hassle of going from house to house looking for a new or temporary home, but as shown in the the movie a lot of the foster parents do not know how to handle a child's behavior when they are acting up and think they are behaving badly because they want to, but in fact may act poorly because they may be reminded of previous encounters they had with their biological parents that made them emotional. For example Zoe the foster child is given a dress by her foster mom and instead of accepting it like most young girls would it reminds her of when her father was being abusive to her mother and how her father was saying negative things about her mothers dress, therefore she did not accept it.. Obviously when her other foster parents saw the behavior Zoe showed when she was given the dress they would punish her. But this foster mom that gave her
What does Christian community really mean? Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer gives insight into what Christians relationships were designed to be like. The main theme Bonhoeffer explores is Christ in the Christian community under the Word of God. Bonhoeffer explains God’s gift of community by arguing the following: “It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren” (Bonhoeffer, 1978, p. 20). In addition the author adds, “Christian community is like the Christian’s sanctification. It is a gift of God, which we cannot claim. Only God knows the real state of our fellowship, of our sanctification” (p. 30). Overall Life Together is biblically
This film presents an individual that chooses not to conform to modern society, and the consequences of that choice. The main character
The Great Depression broke down security and belief in American society during the early 20th century and brought out hidden prejudices. The once optimistic mood during the Roaring 20’s turned to pain. The dire economic situation caused Americans to return to past social stigmas where certain groups of people were seen as inferior; as a result, the American Dream, where everyone could seek their ideal of success, was reduced to merely a dream. John Steinbeck observed these changes in social behavior and witnessed the plight of many Americans during the Great Depression. Like in his later work, The Grapes of Wrath, he was inspired by his environment to expose the lives of people during the Great Depression using Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck observed these changes in social behavior and witnessed the plight of many Americans during the Great Depression. Steinbeck demonstrates in Of Mice and Men through the characters that the American Dream was naturally discriminatory towards certain groups of people because of common perceptions held during that period.
It shows our generation as lacking spirit and recognized by consumerism. The economic element plays a huge role in this film. The director is trying to prove that society cannot survive without material possessions. We are built on consumerism. The more possessions a person owns, the greater the economy is. The movie shows that consumers are attached to material possessions and that materialism and consumerism go hand in hand. Society has adopted the values that possessions are the highest value in life and that the only way to be successful is to have a large amount of nice material possessions. These items control the people that society has become and people spend their whole lives trying to find their identity through material items.
First I will present a basic breakdown of the movie including: who the characters are, their roles, and plot summary. Next, I will present the arguments in regards to the theories of Utilitarianism and virtue theory, and how the film and characters conveyed them. From here I will show the breakdown of the meta-ethical aspects of the film in regards to human nature and how evil attempts to triumph over good. I will conclude by summarizing how these characters had complete disregard for ethics and their own morals.