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ENGL124-Invasion of Body Snatchers.pdf
ENGL124-Invasion of Body Snatchers.pdf

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School
University of Alberta
Department
English
Course
ENGL124
Professor
Theo Finigan
Semester
Winter

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February 14th Movie: Invasion of the Body­Snatchers What’s scary about these aliens? ● very human ● emotionless ● can’t tell them apart, good be anyone Town = stereotypical american small town Cold War ● Movie Poster: red sort of moving toward them/bleeding towards them. ● Suggestion that aliens are communist, calls communists aliens that are trying to taking over US ● dangerous because you can’t tell who they are. ● also suggests communists are emotionless (in cold war, demonization of communism, valorization of US) ● What was so scary about Communism? ○ associated with Political dictatorship, state control if the economy, collectivism, seen as violent, repressive, even evil. ○ US was convinced that Russians were aiming for global domination (like the pods) ○ Domino theory: idea that communism would spread if not contained, also kind of like a disease. ● The Red Scare ○ the idea that communism would infiltrate states. Fear that communists might be living in states ○ McCarthyism: 1950, claims to have a list of
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