The Age Of Innocence Movie Analysis

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When exploring the question whether someone did the right thing or not, one of the most important key considerations to take into account is the context of that particular situation. More often than not, an action is not independent of itself. It is usually influenced by the time period or the people around them. “The Age of Innocence” took place during the Gilded Age, within upper class New York City. Society was one driven by public appearance than reality. People were respected by the amount of money they had. Hefty fees were slapped on everything. People who could not afford these fees were considered uncouth and vulgar, and hence could not go on to take up respectable professions. However, it was the post-war period and not everyone…show more content…
She is an insider looking out. Newland has an inner struggle throughout the film to maintain his posterior, yet he can’t help but give in to his desires sometimes. He makes a lot of morally questionable choices that at times, would benefit no one - including himself. He too, becomes slave to the toxicity of society, and ends up losing his love and living an empty lie. He was a man who loved one woman and married another, because it was “the right thing to do”. Or, rather, because everyone in society thought it was the right thing to do, and he followed. More than looking at his actions to see if he did the right thing, I prefer to look at his inactions - from not being honest with his fiancé about the affair, to not fighting for Ellen and in the end, not even meeting her - and conclude for sure that he did not do the right thing. Moving onto “The Godfather”, the context is slightly different. Their society was self-contained, and the dictates were written by themselves. While at first they only favoured people who were of Italian descent, they soon evolved to more organised and sophisticated crimes in the 1920s. They became national figures who divided territories with policemen. Although organised crime deteriorated in numbers by the early 1970s , The Godfather still managed to recapture that society at its…show more content…
However, we know for sure that Michael does the wrong thing with the events that followed after. When Kate forces him to answer whether he did kill his brother in law, he violently shouts at her, and then proceeds to lie to her. This is important, because Michael stops being a continuation of Vito at this point and becomes someone sinister and threatening: somebody who is desensitized to his own sister’s cries, and someone who would lie to his own family. His family motivated goodwill caves to the massive power of the Mafia, and he lost control of his own actions, succumbing to doing rather questionable things. In “Do The Right Thing”, the most important factor is the context of the setting. It takes place in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Population growth saw more than 65,000 African Americans move to this area by 1940. By the 1970s, the population was 85% African American. The black people required financial and social assistance from organizations around there. Hence, even in the movie, the black people were portrayed as mostly middle class or lower middle class, with characters like Da Mayor, who earned one dollar per
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