The dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945 exposed capabilities held by influential political powers, and humanity as a whole, previously thought unattainable. It unveiled man’s capacity for destruction, and highlighted the motives held by the political powers in doing so - the end justifies the means. John Le Carre’s The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1963), Robert Wise’s The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951), and Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954), all explore the implications of such powerful capabilities on both the political and the personal climate, and attempt to offer a sort of resolution to consequences now possible from the power and decisions held and made within the Cold War period.
Working to call upon his own experiences in the espionage scene, Le Carre deters the glamorisation of such scene created by the adventures of characters alike to James Bond, and attempts to explain the complicated ramifications of ideologies that encompassed the field. As the Cold War heated up in 1963, society was plagued with the presence of competition between two political doctrines - Communism and Democracy, experienced through the opposition of the East and West. Le Carre explores this oppositional divide through the concurrent use of symbolistic binary opposites of hot and cold. Protagonist Leamas is portrayed as a “prisoner” to his ideologies, and thus a “cold” character, however acknowledges that “One cannot be out in the cold all the time. One has to come in from the cold.” The extended metaphor recognises that the confinement experienced as a result of Leamas’ field of work makes him disconnected fro...
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...cock observes the current society’s ideologies and structures and challenges and comments on them, exploiting the flaws in the After the Bomb society. In this, we are made aware of the personal side of the post-bomb world, with Rear Window barely featuring presence of the political.
Through the ideological challenges of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, the shift in paradigms in The Day The Earth Stood Still, and the counter-cultural portrayal of women in Rear Window, it is evident that texts of the post cold war era greatly reflect the issues and concerns of the time. Through this, each text explores the interplay of the personal and political within the time, with The Spy and The Day The Earth Stood Still both exploring the political and its influence on the personal, whilst Rear Window focuses greatly on the personal of which is a reflection on 1950s society.
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