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Industrial Revolution: How Did the Film Maker of Modern Times View Industrialization?

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5. How did the film maker of Modern Times view Industrialization?

In Modern Times, a silent film Charlie Chaplin premiered in 1936 Charlie Chaplin, had a socialist view of industrialization but it was seen as extremely radical because Chaplin criticized the government in a comedic way in the movie. His movie portrayed three major concepts of the industrializationÐ'...the dehumanization of workers who were viewed as part of the profitÐ'...he targeted at capitalism portraying how capitalist favored only a few and calling the government outÐ'...and thirdly he depicted the difference between the social classes. The pack of mindless sheep, symbolized the people, following the leader was describing the way the early industrial revolution wasÐ'...when the women and children had to follow orders from the factory owners or else they would get whipped or unemployed. The big clock also symbolized how much industrialization changes, that time was valuable and that the workers worked by the clockÐ'....clocking in and out. Out off all the sheep there was a black one which represented Charlie. In the movie Charlie was seen as crazy because he was not in the same place at all times. But really he wasn't crazy before when he worked on the farm he was seen as normal until he came to the factory. Charlie represented man versus the machine. It was the workers there who were abnormalÐ'....working at the machines for long hours tuned them into a machine. They never did anything else but to feed the machine constantly with materials. The clean factory floors and the safety guards on machines were mocking the factories during the Industrial Revolution. Throughout the industrial revolution when the cities were over-crowded, the factories had no sanitary system and people would get sick and die from the filth that lingered. Many children were killed or severely injured by the machines because there were no safety guards on them. The new feeding machine that was in the form of a record player was to feed the workers as they were working so production would be steady and time wouldn't be lost. However, the machine collapsed during it's "presentation" suggesting that too much technologically advanced isn't always good fro society.



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