By presenting war with humor, the film conveys just how much of a farce the nuclear arms race really was. The extreme views of the characters aren't fiction; Baby Boomers, for example, can recall debates about "acceptable" civilian losses in the event of a bomb being dropped. Kubrick satirizes this time period wonderfully, capturing the insanity of a world gone mad. The key question of the film really is: who is running the mad house? In a world where world leaders scramble and bicker childishly and take advice from Nazi Germans, a world where bombs can be dropped at the will of a psychotic general, one seems better off to recline and laugh at the pure insanity of it all.
In Dr. Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick took a serious issue and turned it into a political comedy. He was able to illustrate a satire of the hazardous notion of a nuclear war and the insane individuals who were coordinating it, and furthermore, addressed the issue of stereotyping. This movie was created in 1964; today in 2005, we still have nuclear weapons. Yes, the United States and other countries still have nuclear weapons, however, a question does arise, do we still have insane individuals coordinating war plans and security procedures? If you are expecting to find the answer in this essay, do not continue reading for that reason, the answer will not be found in this essay.
Stanley Kubrick’s sexual parody, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, illustrates an unfathomed nuclear catastrophe. Released in the midst of the Cold War, this 1964 film satirizes the heightened tensions between America and Russia. Many sexual insinuations are implemented to ridicule the serious issue of a global nuclear holocaust, in an effort to countervail the terror that plagued America at that time. Organizing principles, such as Kubrick’s blunt political attitudes about the absurdity of war and the satirical genre, are echoed by the film style of his anti-war black comedy, Dr. Strangelove. The black comedy follows the story of a paranoid U.S. Air Force Commander, General Ripper, who irrationally orders a group of patrol B-52 bombers to attack their targets in Russia.
Firstly, the concept of an imagined community provokes peace and harmony in the world. However, deriving nationalism from an imagined community is not applicable in the modern world. This is because it may result in disorderliness as people struggle to find their own people. More importantly, Anderson Benedict’s arguments and justifications are too theoretical to be real. Throughout the book, the author relies on historical narrations and assertions to drive his point home.
During the 1950 's and 1960 's the American culture was based on the paranoia of a nuclear war and the spread of communism. These two fears are prevalent in the three films: The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Manchurian Candidate, and Fail-Safe. Piereson, author of Camelot and Cultural Revolution, discussed how liberalism in America was affected by the Cold War, communism, and John F. Kennedy 's assassination. Piereson characterizes Kennedy as Camelot; however, Camelot is only an image. American conservatives wanted to destroy communism while liberals wanted to promote peace because they knew the consequences of a nuclear attack.
However, they are faced with limitations of interpreting such evidence due to individual understanding, which might contradict to the real evidence and sometimes such evidence may contradict the written down material from other historians. There is a big gap to fill when such evidence cannot be conclusive to a story a historian wants to tell, so can we really understand the past given such loopholes? ... ... middle of paper ... ...he past to get answers about the future. This contradicts the above title that a human scientists concern is only about the future because without past knowledge on for example the geography, the economy and human behavior, a human scientist is not able to empirically understand human sciences. All in all to state that historians are only concerned with the past is not completely true, they not only study the past for us to understand what happened in the past but they are looking to make us understand our history while at the same time know what the future will hold.
The historical seriousness of the Battle of the Bulge and the bombing of Dresden are contrasted by many ironies and dark humor; the fantastical, science-fiction-type place of Tralfamadore is, in truth, an outlet for Vonnegut to show his incredibly serious fatalistic views. The surprising variations of the seriousness and light-heartedness allow Vonnegut to show effectively that war is absurd. The most important historical plot strand of Slaughterhouse-Five is Billy Pilgrim's war experience which occurs during the last six months of World War II. This plot strand follows Billy through the Battle of the Bulge and his presence as a POW during the bombing of Dresden, Germany. Vonnegut contrasts these documented milestones with incredible amounts of dramatic irony and dark humor.
The second, less obvious, example of this is when the commander of the Army division arrested the Executive Officer he didn 't know why he needed to do so or anything about the impending nuclear strike. The movie hinted at the dangerous of this leadership style as it caused people to follow directions blindly, even when those directions were wrong. I don 't believe that this is the best film representation of the feeling of Americans during the critical time period in a historical context. Although it does show many hot topic issues that occurred during that time you may not pick up on them unless knowing before hand that it was a popular issue of the
The Use of Symbols in Lord of the Flies by William Golding In lord of the flies Golding uses a lot of symbolism. The book is a symbol in its self, it is an allegory, and it works on two levels. It is written as a boy's adventure story but it also symbolises mankind and its corrupt civilisation. The social historical context of the book is based on Golding's personal experiences in the Second World War. He was appalled by the concentration camps and disillusioned the atomic bombs dropped by the Americans on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
These movies were “sex comedies without the sex” (Andrew Sarria, film critic discussing screwball comedies). Stanley Kubrick used this idea to fuel a satire about the idealistic Cold War in 1964 to supposedly fight communism. Dr. Strangelove debunks the myth of American moral superiority through the constant sexual undertones and over masculinity throughout the film and instead portrays the Cold War as groups of testosterone fueled, sex driven men compensating for inferiority complexes. The movie opens playing the song “Try a Little Tenderness” while showing a mid-air refuel of a bomber plane, Focusing on an opening shot of a long nozzle as it lowers into the gas tank of another plane and remaining focused on the long nozzle as the planes fly away. The refuel, while harmless and normal procedure for planes flying for longer periods of time, looks much like “a plane screwing another plane” (LAWRENCE WHITEHURST, YouTube commenter).