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Masculinity In Busby Berkeley's Gold Diggers

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The individuality of man is affected by the economic crisis and changes the way how men as a whole view themselves. Busby Berkeley’s Gold Diggers of 1933 shows how men’s economic difficulties deeply affected their masculinity by exposing the real “fall” of the man (Rubin 75). The “My Forgotten Man” number shows this by presenting the passive nature of the men throughout the number overall and emitting a reaction from the women. Notice the first stanza of the number sung by Joan Blondell: “I don’t know if he deserves a bit of sympathy, forget your sympathy, he’s all right with me…..I was satisfied to drift along from day to day, till they came and took my man away”; it exemplifies the emotional toll the Depression took on their masculine temperament,
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