The 1960’s were a time of going against the norm, breaking the rules, acting against authority. Kenneth Walsh describes the decade as “a decade of extremes, of transformational change and bizarre contrasts: flower children and assassins, idealism and alienation, rebellion and backlash.”(Walsh) Rebelling against conformity was exactly how the character of Lucas Jackson is portrayed.“The film 's protagonist is not a recognizable figure of the era 's counterculture; he 's no free-love hippie or dedicated anti-war activist, yet younger audiences were drawn to his rebellious nature” (Nixon). Although Luke is far from a hippie, he still relates to the way the hippies were in the 1960’s. “The hippies” primary tenet was that life was about being happy, not about what others told t...
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...happy. The film relates to the unjust society that the prisoners were having to endure, to the cruel world the African American’s were having to endure during that time. Just like the Civil Rights activists, Luke finally took a stand for a just cause and fought against injustice and unfairness. Religion was huge in the sixties, and Rosenberg used symbolism and portrayed Luke as a Christ-like figure to show people of that time of breaking away from conformity was okay. Rebelling against the standards of that looked down up, and it betters the World, just as Jesus Christ did. The great classic movie was full of symbolism and in many different ways had an impact on the audience that maybe making a statement in what one feels is right, and going against the set standards that the world was setting at the time was in fact something to be proud of and something to embrace.
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