Patriotism in Spiderman Movies

982 WordsApr 23, 20054 Pages
The portrayal of the feelings of the general public is constantly used in film to stir the audience. If the filmmaker can rouse their feelings, people will be more engrossed in the movie than they would be otherwise. What is arguably the strongest emotion in many people is the feeling of patriotism. As George Bernard Shaw said, "Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it." Though this feeling is not necessarily based on logic, it is none-the-less one of the most powerful feelings along with hatred and love. Depending on when a movie is made, the amount of patriotism portrayed is directly related to the political and social climate on the time. Specifically, the…show more content…
This movie doesn't jolt the viewer into having a greater feeling of patriotism afterwards, but it does reaffirm their support for the troops and however much patriotism they felt beforehand. Though Spider-Man (2002) and Spider-Man 2 (2004) are very close together in terms of time and plotline, the way they use the superhero to bring out the movie-goers feeling of patriotism is very different. The first is almost completely blind in the amount of patriotism it fed its audience. With the unwavering support for the government the American public felt at the time, the movie not only portrayed the country's patriotic feelings, but actually caused a temporary increase in the amount of patriotism felt by most movie-goers. This patriotism is very simple, but can have a great impact when used at the right times. The second Spider-Man movie had just as much patriotism as the first, but it was used in a much more subtle way. Spiderman was no longer the faceless leader of the people against evil, but he was a representative of the American troops and how human they really are. Spiderman was no longer invincible in this movie, and although he won in the end, he took a lot more damage than he did in the first movie. Just as real men and women died overseas, Spiderman was injured badly and only survived by his strong will and the undying support of the citizens of New York. Together, Spider-Man (2002) and Spider-Man 2
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