Industrialization In The Film Modern Times

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In the 1936 film Modern Times, director Charles Chaplin conveys the message to the audience that industrialization comes with practices that are harming the employees. Chaplin wants to show how much the workers get hurt, both physically and mentally, when they worked in the factories. He shows the audience how much power the bosses have over their workers. He also wants the audience to know that even though the bosses control almost everything about the workers, the bosses do seemingly no work themselves. They don’t even go to the floor and consult the workers. The audience should also see how large the emphasis on efficiency was, even though there was no thought or care put into the safety of the workers. In the scene where The Little Tramp goes crazy from all of the stress of his work and runs amok, the other workers try to chase him down so that they can stop him. To stop them from chasing him, The Little Tramp turns the assembly line back on, causing them to get back to work. This is meant to show how fragile their job security was. If they made any mistakes, the boss would fire them and they would be replaced almost immediately. The workers got little pay…show more content…
He successfully conveyed to the audience many things that were wrong with industrialization, and helped show how cruel working on an assembly line is. He made the point that this is not where our country should be heading, where the rich basically own the poor as slaves, just giving them a small sum of money so that what they were doing couldn’t be called illegal. The reason that Modern Times is considered one of Chaplin’s greatest achievements is not just because of how funny it is, but also because it conveys an important message about how bosses treat their workers, and how that treatment ruins the workers’
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