Stereotypes In Pleasantville

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The mass media have enormous influence of the perceptions in the United States of America. It effects our decisions in one day or another through commercials advertising their products, our thoughts on what is considered “beautiful” and shift the interest of social issues from one point to another. Films are no different in this case when it comes to adapting historical events—the message, themes, and overall tone and structure of the film can contribute Americans into thinking one way about certain events in American history—regardless of whether or not the accuracy of those events is consistent. Although there are positive outcomes of films dealing with topics because it brings forth conversation, negative outcomes drives from the inaccuracies…show more content…
Unlike the other films, Pleasantville is a comedic movie where it starts two young teenagers trapped in another world—the world of 1950s America and their wild adventures trying to escape in order to returned home. However, despite the comedic elements—the film is a deconstruction of the “good old days” of the 1950s; often polarized as “where values and families meant something” in response to the rise of social change in modern-day America. Social changes is hot button issues today—where controversy arise in response to the norms being broken. Pleasantville brings forth the true reality of the 1950s and showcase the events is not what it seems. Gender and racial discrimination is often ignored of the “good days”; mainly because of the belief that United States was united after a brutal war of World War II. The colors represents the characters being brought forth into the true reality and how each characters deconstructed their own trope and beyond of what they are capable of. The redundant of characters reacting to changes parallels to the reactions of the Civil Rights movements during the 50s. The film has beautifully ripped apart the film and delivers the message that change can be good and changes will always occurred—to refuse such is to strengthen political
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