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paper代写-Social Class Conflict in Screwball Comedies

2017-09-28 | 来源:51due教员组 | 类别:Paper代写范文

本篇paper代写-Social Class Conflict in Screwball Comedies讲了大萧条时期,一个独特的风格的螺丝球喜剧盛行,当时所有的“螺丝球”喜剧片都出现在强烈的社会阶级批判之中。对社会阶级的批判,可以让人们渴望摆脱社会条件,人们想逃离这个不愉快的社会。本篇paper代写由51due代写平台整理,供大家参考阅读。


Introduction

Screwball Comedy, a unique genre, prevails during the period of the Great Depression and all the Screwball comedies appear at that time seem to be with a strong social class critique. The critique toward the social class can show people’s eagerness to get them rid of the social condition then and people would like to escape from that unpleasant society. As a result, the films at that time, mostly Screwball comedies, accordingly instill such critique within so as to express the discontentment of the film makers, directors and some other personnel like that. The screwball world-view assumes that men have to experience the struggle between economic classes, which will be elaborated on in the below. During the process of illustration, the examples of nine Screwball comedies will be taken as evidence and they are respectively “The Awful Truth”, “The Lady Eve”, “My Favorite Wife”, “Bringing Up Baby”, “Love Crazy”, “The Palm Beach Story”, “His Girl Friday”, “It Happened One Night” and “The Thin Man”. It is hoped that this analysis can help people know more about Screwball comedies so that they can understand the films better while appreciating.

Social Class Conflict in Screwball Comedies

First and foremost comes the social class conflict in “It Happened One Night”. To put it more specifically, the reporter Peter Warne and the society aviator King Westley are actually two men that have both undergone the struggle between economic classes in this film. On the one hand, Peter Warne is out of work so that he is in urgent need of a story, leading to his taking advantage of Ellie as the subject of a really juicy newspaper story. And on the other hand, King Westley chooses to tie the knot with Ellie simply because of her money and it has nothing to do with love. But what is different is that Ellie Andrews is a spoiled and wayward heiress whose father is a billionaire and she makes up her decision to run away from her family when her father rejects her engagement with King Westley. From this, we can find that both these men are put in a lower social class when compared with that of Ellie Andrews. Or maybe it can be stated in another way that the upper class seems to be depicted as idle and pampered and it is difficult for them to cope with the real world. Taking Ellie as an example, she is unable to live independently herself when she is deprived of the help from her family, resulting in her money and clothes’ being robbed on the way when she is whisked away to her father’s yacht in order to search for her husband toward New York. However, what is a pity to say is that when people from lower class are able to pass themselves off to become upper-class, then they will do the same as upper-class people with relative ease.

With the social class conflict in “It Happened One Night” being mentioned at length in the above, what follows is the social class conflict in “The Lady Eve”. In this film, Jean Harrington together with other con artists, namely her circle, is the ones that have to suffer from the struggle between economic classes. The group of con artists mainly includes her dad Harry, sidekick Gerald as well as Sir Alfred Alfred McGlennan Keith. So it can be easily imagined that all these people have to try all kinds of possible ways in order to make a living, leading to their targeting the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money. However, what is different is that Charles Pike, rich but unsophisticated, is heir to the Pike Ale fortune and he is really with a large sum of money to deal with at hand. The same as Ellie Andrews in “It Happened One Night”, Charles is as well one that is idle and pampered so that he chooses to unceremoniously dump Jean when he discovers that she is one part of a con racket. Charles deems that he is different from Jean, which can be seen from what he has said that “Don't be vulgar, Jean. Let us be crooked, but never common”. While breaking up with Jean, he says cruel parting words toward her and Jean tells him that “The best [girls] aren't as good as you think they are and the bad ones aren't as bad. Not nearly as bad.”. Out of being hurt by Charlie, Jean is determined to take revenge on him and she begins to disguised herself as the Lady Eve Sidwich. When Jean becomes Eve, she just acts the same as other upper-class people and she seems to have many suitors though she appears to be ‘good-girl’ persona on the surface. As a result, Charlie has no choice but to suffer from a short and disastrous marriage to Eve. But that real ‘bad-girl’ con-artist Jean is also with various virtues, like a soft heart, a true love for Charlie and so on. So the fact that lower-class people will do the same as upper-class people to become idle and pampered when they can really make it possible to become upper-class in the due time can be well supported from the personal example of Jean’s changing to Eve.

When it comes to the social class conflict in “The Thin Man”, what is a must to mention is that there is class difference between the former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora. Therefore Nick is the one that has to suffer from the struggle between economic classes in this film. Moreover, most of Nick’s old cronies in New York are from the same class as Nick and several of them are eccentric characters. According to this, people from the same class are likely to mingle with others that are from the same class as them and they tend to understand one another better. And what is different is that his wife Nora is one from the upper class and she does not understand the uneasiness of life of those from the lower class. Just take her investigating the murder case of Dorothy Wynant’s step-mother as an example, the rationale why she chooses to involve herself in the murder case lies in that she holds that it is exciting enough to bring her much fun. But as a matter of fact, the murder should be regarded as something solemn and respectful so that it should be carefully treated. Also, the death of the victim will bring sorrow toward his/her family members and the result of the murder case will directly influence the life of the suspect, which further indicates that the murder case should be laid high emphasis on. What is unexpected is that Nora just takes it as one kind of fun and her being idle and pampered can be well suggested.

And then comes the social class conflict in “His Girl Friday”. In this film, Hildy Johnson is the specific one that has to experience the struggle between economic classes in that her husband is actually her boss Walter Burns. So a fair knowledge can be obtained that there is class difference between Hildy Johnson and her husband Walter Burns. Or maybe it can be put in another way that Walter can be seen as one of the upper-class people and he has the characteristics of upper-class people, to try all kinds of possible means to prevent his wife from leaving him and remarrying to the insurance agent Bruce Baldwin. From this, a fair knowledge can be obtained that Walter would like all the things can happen toward his desired way and he seems to have a strong sense of controlling. For one part, Walter does not want to lose Hildy as a star reporter and for another he is unwilling to lose her as a wife. Therefore Walter spares no effort to delay the trip of Bruce and Hildy, long enough to persuade Hildy to stay for good and not leave him at last. From the personal example of Walter, it can be easily found that he has presented the common feature of people from upper class while Hildy and Bruce tend to be the typical ones that are from the lower class.

Furthermore, the social class conflict in “My Favorite Wife” will continue. Ellen Arden 

Conclusion

References

1. Michael E Parrish, “Fortunes of Feminism”

Jeanine Basinger, “A Woman’s View”

Jim Leach, “The Screwball Comedy”

Gerald Mast, “Bring Up Baby”

Howard Hawks, Bring Up Baby (1938)

Jack Conway, Love Crazy (1941)


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