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A Comparison between the Post World War Two Period in the United States of America and Three Works: Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano, the Movie Rebel Without a Cause and Jack Kerouac's On the Road
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During the Fifties the United States was filled with confidence but at the same time insecurity The United States emerged from WWII as a global superpower and a symbol for freedom The United States saw its role in world affairs as the protector of free countries from communism The fear of communism expansionism during the fifties was a major issue Communism represented radical thinking and ideas a shift away from conservatism thinking or a shift away from the center to a shift towards the edge During the Fifties the fear of communism spreading in America gave rise to movements such as McCarthyism and the House on un-American Activities HUAC These movements represented the feelings of Americans towards communism at the time they represented fear and the way to contain their fears was to weed out the bad seeds These movements created a shift towards the center again towards conservatism This trend towards the center or conservatism can be seen in all aspects of American life Not only was conservatism evident in the Fifties but also rebellion The push to be conservative and persecute individualism was an immense undertaking that it created fear and out of that fear came rebellionIn any controlled environment such as the one the United States created for itself during the Fifties there is bound to be some kind of tension or rebellion rebellion against the pressure of being normal or conservative There was a great deal of stress being placed on being just like everyone else The voice of the rebellion was usually the entertainers artists or writers Many of these people expressed their feelings about current issues by disguising it in their stories movies or paintings Many of these people challenged the politics of the mainstream or the center However there were works done that supported the shift towards the center and conservatism Three works that will be examined are Kurt Vonneguts Player Piano the movie Rebel Without a Cause
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