Instrumental And Expressive Action In The Film Snowpiercer

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Furthermore, John Beattie’s theory on instrumental and expressive action can be seen in the movie Snowpiercer through the actions and roles that the low class citizens take on. This theory can broken into two parts, first part is the instrumental perspective of an act and the second is the expressive perspective. Instrumental acts are the means to achieving some goal or objective, “acts are performed primarily for their practical value” (Nye 2008, 134). Instrumental acts are present in the movie in the way that the low class citizens are treated. The citizens at the end of the train are considered the “shoes” and as such are being treated as slaves. The objective of this discrimination is to maintain a steady balance on the train, while providing
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