Good Vs. Bad in Film Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Good Vs. Bad in Film
An analysis of the theme of good and bad in modern and early film.
# 40565 | 1,900 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 12, 2003 in Film (General)

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This paper discusses how the theme of good versus bad appeals to the audience in every successful film. The paper looks early films and at how minorities have often been portrayed as the 'bad' versus the 'good' whites. The paper looks at how films today use aesthetics, human behavior, communication, and visual effects to convey values of good and bad while receiving the attention of modern viewers.

Past History of Good Versus Bad
World War I and II Films
Good versus Bad in Minorities
Good versus Bad and Technology

From the Paper:

"Even the early Westerns had the good versus bad plot. The films were "to represent the struggle of the European-American Conquerors to tame the land, despite the problems that gunfighters faced in coming to terms with the migrating civilization's mandates" (Burke 87). Westerns showed the love of a pretty girl that a "bad" man wants to capture while the "good" guy wins her hand. Often shows such as Roy Rogers tell the story of good people that are being robbed by bad people. Films represented the struggle that European-Americans suffered as they tamed the land, despite problems with gunfighters or outlaws.
"Detective stories have often won the heart of audiences as the detective finds who committed the crime and puts the "bad" people in jail. This continues to be a favorite of people today in America. "Crime genres (supercop, detective, and gangster) with their respective protagonists and investigations of civil stability and personal ambition..." continue to be favorites of audiences (Burke 87)."

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