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Metropolis essay How is the tension between individual and community identified or addressed in representations of the modern American City Choose one or two texts In American cities today community does not appear to be an important aspect of everyday life As society has changed so too has the emphasis that we put upon the sense of community and interaction In todays Manhattan there is a preconception that the city cannot provide community for its inhabitants It is seen as a cold and hostile city where each person must fend for hisherself The only community within the city that we see represented in film literature and television are bleak interpretations where those in need danger or merely lonely come together to make up a new community that offers a way out of the loneliness They are largely the poorer districts of the city and nearly always have problems with drug addiction This essay will explore this idea in great detail and draw conclusions from the evidence of a lack of a positive image of community in New York City In recent years more and more films have been made that depict New York in this way In particular Herbert Selby Jnr has written two very useful books in this area Last Exit to Brooklyn and Requiem for a Dream Both have been made into feature films The films construct a beneficial representation of the community within the novels as they allow the audience to see what kind of place he is creating in his stories Whilst a novel allows the reader to create place he is creating in his stories Whilst a novel allows the reader to create an image in hisher own psyche in order to look at the form of unity and the creation of community that this essay is discussing celluloid images show us one clear image which
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