Term Paper: Response to Film Modern Times

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¶ … Charlie Chaplin's classic movies was made in the 1930s. It is a film that, like all of Chaplin's films, have a strong social context. Though the protagonist here is a not a tramp, he is the quintessential factory worker -- an automaton, or a cog in the large machinery that is the establishment of the fruits of the Industrial Revolution.

Modern Times satirizes the burgeoning factory mindset that slowly but surely eroded what agronomies all over the world held dear. Add to the fact that at this point, the United States was still reeling from the Stock Market crash of 1929, where many thousands died of hunger, fields were left barren and hordes of hungry people traveled from pillar to post to find work. In fact, this movie can be seen in terms of the Joad family from the Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath and Tom Joad (the hero) eventually ending up working in such a factory.

While factories offered some respite, and indeed, eventually proved beneficial in the… [END OF PREVIEW]

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