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Social commentary is the act of imparting ones opinion on the nature of society to another person This is usually used with the idea of bringing a change in society by means of informing the general populace of a given problem Problems range in topic and relevance from racism poverty and child abuse to greed individual identity and chasing The American Dream WH Auden said What the mass media offers is not popular art but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food forgotten and replaced by a new dish While Auden says that todays entertainment is disposable the book Fight Club and the movie Secret Window should be recognized as social commentary The main character in Fight Club the Narrator and the main character in Secret Window Mort Rainey are both pursuing The American Dream Their relentless pursuit of it drives them to split personalities and committing violent crimes The term American Dream was first used by James Truslow Adams He states The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable and be recognized by others for what they are regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position 214-215 In the United States Declaration of Independence our founding fathers held certain truths to be self-evident that all Men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness In Secret Window Mort Rainey had everything he could want He had a big beautiful house nice vehicles a beautiful wife and a career as
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