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What do people think of when they hear the name America Do they picture a happily diverse nation where everyone wants a flawless body an affectionate family and endless amounts of money Or do they appreciate Americas long rich history of war after war struggle after struggle and see that this nation continues in this pattern to present day Maybe people see it as a country where the freedom of expression really holds true To put a definite label on our societys vocal tendencies and insatiable desires is difficult so we encompass it all by cramming it into the name America However America was not always a place where freely expressed emotions were as welcomed as they are now If people are satisfied with the way their lives are going then they will not make it a point to change anything By doing so they would run the risk of altering their ideal lifestyle The world is not a static environment though With the constant interactions of people and the advancement of ideas it is impossible to keep things the same for even a few seconds Gary Ross Pleasantville examines peoples reactions to change in their comfortable way of life and parallels Americas experience with racism and the worlds experience with anti-Semitism In Pleasantville the two adolescents transported from the radical 1990s into the conservative 50s have a dramatic influence on the residents of Pleasantville Since the two have become accustomed to being allowed to openly express themselves without a threat they cannot help having such an effect Not only do the people of Pleasantville adapt some of their habits like having sex and reading but they also learn to express their innermost thoughts and feelings Gradually the black and white Pleasantville landscape and residents begin to gain color The spread of color becomes an unwanted epidemic to many of the citizens They do not look into what truly causes the change to color which
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