Essay On Materialism In The Movie Pleasantville

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The definition of materialism is “a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.” or in philosophy, “the theory or belief that nothing exists except matter and its movements and modifications.” Materialism focuses on material ‘things’ rather than the spiritual nature of life. The world that we live in today is composed of and surrounded by matter and materialistic things, that it is simply too hard to focus on the spiritual nature of life. Research shows that people that those who believe that materials is the main source of happiness, routinely need to buy more than they need and also tend to be less satisfied with everything else in their lives, such as their jobs, income, relationships and themselves. An example of materialism is the California Gold Rush. In January 1848, at Sutter’s Mill near a river in Sacramento, James W. Marshall found a piece of metal in the ground. This glowing piece of material turned out to be gold. Within a few weeks, this…show more content…
I gained inspiration from the movie Pleasantville, since the characters and themes mirror my poster, and what I am trying to represent. In the film, colour is used to differentiate between two universes and the ‘black and white’ society is a closed universe, naïve about what is going on around them. The world of Jennifer, the “coloured” society, is experienced and knows about the world around them and what is going on. This relates to my poster as the society that has access lots of materialistic things, they have been exposed to materials and the need for objects. They are unsheltered from the mayhem of materials and think that materials and physical comfort are more important than spiritual values. In the poorer side of society, it is just black and white, as they have not been exposed to the materialistic mayhem, like in
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