Socialization in the Films The Wildchild, The Pawnbroker, and Dr. Strangelove

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Naturally, as human beings we need socialization to function. It has been stated that solitary confinement is inhumane because of the isolation one experiences. Albeit, the human races’ ability to socialize can be an asset as well as a hindrance. Being that humans have an innate capability to do positive but also negative things in the world, with no surprise socialization can turn out be a good thing or a bad thing. This can be seen in the three movies: “The Wild Child,” “The
Pawnbroker,” and “Dr. Strangelove” and in the three articles.
According to Solomon Asch, humans cannot become “fully human” without being able to socialize and exist in a social environment. “The individual without social experience is not fully a human being.
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Some people may say it is inhumane to leave children in the wilderness by themselves, yet even though Victor was not able to function very well in human society, he was able to thrive in the wilderness successfully. Similarly, the world that we live in has good but it also has bad being that the two can not be present without each other. The holocaust is one of those events that is a perfect example of how our ability to socialize can be used for evil doing. In the movie “The Pawn Broker,” the main character Mr. Nazerman was put into a concentration camp. In result of that, his outlook on life was forever changed. Not only is Mr. Nazerman a direct result of cognition being used in maladaptive ways but so are the other characters. The men who robbed Mr. Nazerman were using their ability to socialize in a maladaptive way, however, it seems as though robbery would not exist if we did not have the ability to cognitively process our desires and the exposure to evil acts, like robbery. On the other hand, the capability to use our cognitive abilities is not limited to maladaptive uses. The social worker, to the best of her ability, tried to befriend Mr. Nazerman with no luck. Even so, her attempt to socialize with Mr. Nazerman was filled with good intentions. Mr. Nazerman is, in a way, a metaphor for all of the hurt and/or evil we experience in this social environment. Throughout the movie, Mr. Nazerman has flashback to the days when
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