America was the greatness of the good old days

During the 1950’s, America was the greatness of the good old days. There was a second red scare of Communism that surfaced in the early 1950’s due to the Soviet Union and the Cold War. Russia was the first country to try out the Communist approach. “The international mission was to lure in the people of the world to Communism”.The American’s saw the Soviets as a threat due to believing they would bring Communism to their country. Don Siegel’s film Invasion of the Body Snatchers was released in 1956 and brought despair into the hearts of Americans due to its profound warning of Communism in the United States. This film portrays that a Communist takeover could happen at any minute. Invasion of the Body Snatchers projects what a Communist takeover would look like for Americans. Through viewing the movie with multiple messages about Communist power and reading the comic: This Godless Communism, an outcome can be built that Invasion of the Body Snatchers addresses warning of Communism takeover. The film showed this warning by portraying a sneaky invasion, the failure to contain humanization, and the potential Communist America. During the 1950’s, America was the greatness of the good old days. There was a second red scare of Communism that surfaced in the early 1950’s due to the Soviet Union and the Cold War. Russia was the first country to try out the Communist approach. “The international mission was to lure in the people of the world to Communism”.The American’s saw the Soviets as a threat due to believing they would bring Communism to their country. Don Siegel’s film Invasion of the Body Snatchers was released in 1956 and brought despair into the hearts of Americans due to its profound warning of Communism in the United States. This film portrays that a Communist takeover could happen at any minute. Invasion of the Body Snatchers projects what a Communist takeover would look like for Americans. Through viewing the movie with multiple messages about Communist power and reading the comic: This Godless Communism, an outcome can be built that Invasion of the Body Snatchers addresses warning of Communism takeover. The film showed this warning by portraying a sneaky invasion, the failure to contain humanization, and the potential Communist America. To portray the sneakiness of how Communism can just takeover, Invasion of the Body Snatchers projected a “sneaky invasion” by implementing seed pods. In the pods are dopplegangers of the individuals in the community who have not fallen asleep overnight, once the individuals are asleep their bodies are taken over by the doppelgangers and converted to a Communistic life. Therefore, once the individuals wakes up their minds are under the control of Communism. The doppelgangers are able to know everything about the individual’s life, so it makes it harder for individuals who have not fallen asleep to tell the difference, which is sneaky. The minds of these replicas are dehumanized, no one is left to feel, there is no soul present. Specifically, no individual can feel attraction for love. In the film, Becky, who is the lead women’s role in the movie, states that she still wants to feel affection of love for her love interest Dr. Miles. Dr. Miles is the male role in this film that is also the protagonist. Both of them fight for the right of humanization and for them to feel love. This is an example of the movie showing a community under Communism, and the community individual rights taken over to be human. Meaning that once the doppelganger is put into place the individual has to do everything they are told by the takeover of a Communistic mind. In the comic, This Godless Communism, it starts off with a chapter portraying what it is like for an American family to be under Communist control. Therefore, since the comic is focused more on the young adult audience, the first chapter shows the fear of a young adult’s family changing due to Communism. The changes project religion crumbling, the right to write in a newspaper, and the right to jobs and their own home. Furthermore, the comic portrays what students learned in school when their community turned Communist. In addition, the teacher said to the students, “As for the soul, god immortality, they do not exist. Man has no soul! There is no life hereafter, those who believe in Communism are good. The rest will be done away with”. The context of this was to project that no one has any rights anymore, no one has to deal with problems. Thus, having no soul would make you live a fulfilled happy life. Referring back to the film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Siegel does an advantageous job showing this issue in the scene when the little boy goes to Dr. Miles’s office and tells him that the woman who is staying with him is not his mom. At first, Dr. Miles’s thinks it is major hysteria and gives the little boy medicine. However, Dr. Miles does not realize that the mom had no soul or feelings until he examines a body from the seed pod having no fingerprint. Dr. Miles realizes there are humanistic features, but no detail of the body. Nevertheless the comic, This Godless Communism, presents chapter 2 which explains that Karl Marx was the first individual to write the Communist Manifesto. Chapter 2 projects Karl Marx’s life and how he got into coming up with the idea of Communism. Karl Marx’s idea of communism is referred to as, “Once the government takes over the whole world, we won’t even need a government anymore. It will be a heaven on Earth with no rich, no poor, no government.. True Communism!”. The essence of heaven on Earth is that there will be no more issues, everyone will be ordered the same, and be happy. Therefore, this promise is what brought Communism to life. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, projects Karl Marx’s idea strongly because Siegel was able to incorporate scenes that show Marx’s idea holding true. One scene that was projected was where everyone in the town was called by a siren to come to the middle of town and grab seed pods to put into people’s home so they can convert to Communism. Dr. Miles, in the film, can tell that something was off. The individuals in the community had to do what their mind was telling them to do. This displays awareness to Americans because it presents how fast a community in which you live in can become the enemy. Thus, it was only one night that the individuals in the community were put into their replicate bodies and followed the demand of communist control. In addition, a scene that shows awareness is when the whole community teams up on Dr. Miles to get him to fall asleep and transform into his doppleganger form. They explain to him that if he falls asleep, life will be so simple when he wakes up. Siegel does a beneficial job portraying this in his film in that he brings up the idea that Communism can attack America at any minute. For instance, in his film, it was only one night for the town to be taken over. However, when his love interest Becky falls asleep behind his back, it goes to show that a Communist takeover is dangerous and can happen to loved ones. Siegel does a beneficial job spreading awareness through this film, and definitely shocks the hearts of Americans at the time due to when this film came out. During the release of the film was when Americans were in their anxiety of the second red scare. The second red scare dominated American culture in the 1950’s, Americans thought that because they were in the good old days of the 1950s, they had a fear that Communism would takeover. Due to this fear, the comic book, This Godless Communism, came out to portray fear in American teens that were reading these comics. However, the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers signaled in on the awareness of a Communist takeover to a certain community. This film was shown in public for every American to see. Ultimately, there was not a raid of communism in America, but in the eyes of the public they were frightened. The film, did a beneficial job in displaying awareness, but also worrying Americans about a communist takeover. Bibliography Don Siegel. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”. February 5, 1956.John Edgar Hoover. “This Godless Communism.” September 28, 196. Professor Forrest. “Better Dead than Red: The Second Red Scare”. March 20. 2019