Imagine being placed in a situation where if one does not confess to their actions or beliefs, even if they are not true, there will be negative consequences. One would either confess truthfully or not, based the consequence and if they are willing to go through it for the greater good. This theme has been demonstrated through many ways such as in books, mainstream current media, and in the history of the United States. Negative consequences can influence whether or not one chooses to rightly, or falsely, confess as evidenced by characters in the Crucible by Arthur Miller, President Clinton confessing his affair after denying it, and finally, during the McCarthy era when politicians attempted to convince many Hollywood stars to falsely confess
Ray Bradbury, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is one of the most notable authors of the 20th century. Although he wrote over 30 novels and countless of other writings, his novel, Fahrenheit 451, is his claim to fame. Fahrenheit 451 is a novel about a faux utopia without books. His novel is a critical thinking piece that criticizing censorship. Ray Bradbury’s cultural significance stems from his audacious nerve to simply release his novel.
Censorship is a common theme in both books and movies today. The novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and the film, Equilibrium, are no exception. Censorship is the regulation and control of information viewed as unacceptable by a person or group. Censorship is often used to hide information from the general public in order to enforce their ideology and to prevent people from becoming educated on a topic to form their own opinions (Definitions of Censorship, n.d.). This creates a large difference in social stratification between people in power and the rest of society which is why it holds so much power.
Kelsey Leigh Reber hit it right on the nail when he said, “People are always quick to call evil what they do not know. The unknown sprouts fear. It spreads like an infection, burrowing into every facet of their lives. They need a scapegoat, someone to blame.” This was seen in the play The Crucible, and many events in history after the Salem Witch Trials.
Edward R. Murrow strongly disagreed with Joseph McCarthy, a Republican Senator who used his political influence to create a Red Scare of communist influence in the U.S. government during the Cold War. Murrow said, “Anyone who criticizes or opposes McCarthy's methods must be a Communist. And if that be true, there are an awful lot of Communists in this country". McCarthy responded by drumming up support on the home front for participation in the Cold War by using his political influence during the McCarthy-Army hearings. Joseph McCarthy.
Why Did Arthur Miller Write The Crucible Does the world ever learn from its mistakes? Is history doomed to repeat itself, consistently making the same mistakes? Arthur Miller would most likely believe so. Miller’s works mainly focused on moral corruption in society, he believed that he was responsible for discussing the issues and exposing the truth behind them (“Arthur Miller” 1). Arthur Miller was one of the many people accused of communism during the Red Scare, being called before the HUAC (“Arthur Miller” 11)Because of the many similarities shown when comparing The Crucible and the events of the Red Scare, I believe Arthur Miller wrote his play to shine a light on the ridiculousness and true reality of the events that occured.
1. INTRODUCTION Ever since the birth of film it has been clear that film would ultimately set a place in the world for itself as the worlds medium of communicating ideas and notions on a mass scale to mass audiences and ultimately be able to influence peoples decisions and become a reason for why they do the different things they do in life. The various forms of film and development of these movements meant that film was becoming more impactful as a whole, but two specific film movements stand out above the rest as a result of their ability to withstand the test of time, namely; The Golden Age of Hollywood and The famous Silent Era 2. KEY HISTORICAL FILM MOVEMENTS
Hollywood Revival While the generation of today is more focused on who wore what on the red carpet, some tend to forget the origins of modern fashion and how much of it has evolved from ideas that will soon be a 100 years old. Many actors nowadays neglect the common standard and look towards a unique style they can call their own, whereas many rely on commercial endorsement. Almost all the benchmarks followed by directors, actors and studios alike, come from, as most critics would agree, the golden age of Hollywood. Lasting from the 1920s-1960s, films produced between these years gave true recognition and uniqueness to US cinema.
Case Question 1: Most aspects of foreign culture, like languages, religion, gender roles, and problem solving strategies, are hard for a casual observer to understand. In what ways do do Hollywood movies affect national culture outside the United States? What aspect of U.S culture do Hollywood films promote around the world ? Can you observe any positive effects of Hollywood movies on world culture?
First, one of the reasons that the Hollywood writers and directors have a social responsibility to avoid stereotyping ethnic character is racism issues. Racism is one of hot issues that people need to concern when it already happened in that past but still appear in nowadays. It is clearly present in the Hollywood film back in the days when the motion picture industry is only owned and controlled by the white people. Most majority of white actors and actresses were only people that could appear or had roles on the films, and there were neither Asian people nor African American people to act any roles on the film. Even there were Asian roles in the film, only white actors were hired to act these stereotypical characters.
The Weight of the Nation is a four-part film that focuses on the consequences, choices, children in crisis, and challenges of obesity in America. In class, we watched the segment about consequences, and it definitely opened my eyes to many things. Watching this film made me realize and acknowledge all the problems, causes, and possible solutions to this crisis. Coming from a family with many people who are obese, hearing these facts hit me very hard.