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Utopia and Pleasantville Comparative Essay

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Analyse the way each text, Utopia and Pleasantville, demonstrates a particular attitude towards the concept of Utopia.

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Social theories Feminism Film Gender studies Fiction Gender Women's rights Feminism and society Utopia Gender equality Conservatism Pleasantville Gary Ross
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Social theories Feminism Film Gender studies Fiction Gender Women's rights Feminism and society Utopia Gender equality Conservatism Pleasantville Gary Ross
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Utopian literature is contextually focused as it provides the composer opportunity to comment on the nature of their world. The notion of utopia is employed in both Pleasantville (1988) by Gary Ross and Utopia (1516) by Thomas More to respectively reflect values of the 1990s and critique issues of the early sixteenth century, particularly gender roles and individuality. Utopia satirises 16th century gender and family structures through assigning women more progressive roles. Furthermore, More critiques the increasing individualism and autonomy as a product of the renaissance by depicting conformity as an important value within Utopia. Pleasantville, a post- modern film, reflects values of 1990’s America within a 1950’s ostensibly utopic society. Contemporary feminist values contrast outdated gender roles, and modern individualism and autonomy is juxtaposed with...
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