This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

George Romero's Night Of The Living Dead

950 words - 4 pages

George Romero's reinvention of the zombie in night of the Living Dead (1968) is clearly a critique of elements of the American society, and the film as a whole is easily twisted into a warped view on the 'American Dream'. Themes throughout Romero’s film, dealing with controversial topics during the time that the film was made, are still, to this day debated by critics and film historians. Themes of racism and war are defined within the movie, hidden underneath the idea of carnal, cannibalistic zombies and over the top heroes who, eventually, succumb to the reanimated; despite their every effort. These themes are colored over and painted to hide beneath subtle references to the typical American Dream during this time, and Romero does quite the good job at it too. This dream, whilst continuously changing in the everyday lives of modern Americans, can be loosely defined as a national ethos of the United States, or a set of ideals dealing with freedom and the opportunity for success - an upward social status that can be achieved through hard work and effort.

The American Dream is an ongoing set of ideals within the United States, and was especially prevalent during the 1960’s. James Truslow Adams, an American author and historian, defined the dream in 1931, stating "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability of achievement."1 The tensions during this time had everyone on edge, and Americans everywhere dealt with these accordingly. George Romero, sensing these tensions, saw an opening to get his voice heard by millions of people around the world, and more importantly, across the country. Romero revolutionized the horror film genre with his horror flick, Night of the Living Dead. Not only had he completely reopened the eyes of filmmakers everywhere, Night of the Living Dead also effectively redefined the term “zombie”. While this term is never used in the film, “ghoul” is used; Night of the Living Dead was what successfully

introduced the zombie as being brought back from the dead, thirsting for flesh of the living.

Despite its high profile release in 1968, and it being one of the top films of its time, Romero’s film has had quite the backlash in accordance with its raving reviews. “Reviewers began to recognize that the film did not just shock and disgust, but that it disturbed and perplexed viewers, and demanded more of them at some deeper, more thoughtful, and more introspective level.”2 Critics and historians around the world have dedicated numerous hours into critiquing the film, noting it as being a subversive representation of the American society during the 1960’s, especially dealing with the American Dream – or more specifically, two reoccurring traits in particular; equality, or justice, and competition. While the film...

Find Another Essay On George Romero's Night of the Living Dead

The Living Dead Essay

1840 words - 8 pages harsh punishment to receive. Although the Haitians concluded that zombies were real, many other countries suspected that zombies were just a myth (Radford). Although zombies are formed from dead humans, they have hardly any similarities in appearance. A zombie’s face consists of the same characteristics as a human’s, but a zombie’s skin has become ruined due to decomposition. Their eyes appear to be much different once they have become a zombie

Private Novel Assessments "The Dead of the Night" By John Marsden

845 words - 3 pages of "The Dead of the Night" was a place the teenagers named Hell. Hell was the place where they went for a camping trip and while they were there, their country became invaded. Hell then became the place where they hid from the enemy soldiers. Hell was a clearing in the middle of thick bush. The reason they called it Hell was that the bush confined them and simple things became very hard with their lack of facilities. It is important to the

Eaters Of The Dead

1779 words - 7 pages Applied Intelligence and Knowledge Conquers All In his novel, Eaters of the Dead, author Michael Crichton shows how the Volga Northmen were able to defeat their foes, the wendol, by using their intellect instead of their weapons. This is seen in four aspects. The theme of the novel is that physical courage is not enough to preserve your culture and lifestyle: intelligence and superior knowledge are absolutely essential. Conflict between the

A Qualitative Exploration of the Spatial Needs of Homeless Drug Users Living in Hostels and Night Shelters

2141 words - 9 pages With homelessness levels rapidly increasing in the UK (Fitzpatrick et al., 2012), the necessity for a study analysing the spatial needs of homeless individuals who suffer from drug abuse and are housed in hostels/night shelters was paramount. The task of the critical appraisal is to firstly, summarise the research article A Qualitative Exploration of the Spatial Needs of Homeless Drug Users Living in Hostels and Night Shelters (2013), discuss

The Day of the Dead

1138 words - 5 pages de Duelo - 'The Night of Mourning', the beginning of Dia de los Muertos in Mexico, where there is a candlelight procession to the cemetery, in which friends and relativesbring food and flowers, have a meal there, and decorate an altar to thedeceased.ofrenda - Offerings set out for the returning souls during All Saints' and All Souls' Days; italso often refers to the actual altar with offerings.pan de los Muertos - 'Bread of the Dead'; slightly

The Freedom of Living

1187 words - 5 pages family was, never truly understanding the feelings associated with it though. “My father remained a myth to me, both more and less than a man…as a child I knew him only through the stories that my mother and grandparents told” (Obama 5). At this time in the book, Obama was trying to measure the loss of his father because he was so detached from him that the difference between his father being dead or alive would be nothing. However, the sting of not

The Art of Living

863 words - 4 pages key to living in harmony with themselves and others. Epictetus was a Stoic philosopher who wrote, The Enchiridion, a manual which instructed people on how to live their life ethically and honorably on a social level. His belief was that regardless of personal conditions, people could live with pride and discipline. Epictetus tells us differentiating between what is in our own power to control and what is not is the key to a noble life (281

Synopsis of The Grateful Dead

1495 words - 6 pages rules. The deadheads thought this would be their perfect chance to blend in with society. In 1970 the Grateful Dead played in Louisiana, and they performed at the Warehouse. Police arrested 19 people the first night of the concert and by the second night all of the charges were dropped. Owsley was already wanted in california for manufacturing LSD. Needless to say the Grateful Dead is a band that likes to do a lot of bad things and people will

Day of the Dead Celebrations

3439 words - 14 pages The Day of the Dead celebration is one full of beauty, joy, laughter and art. It is a celebration in which the living and the dead are reunited. The children and infants are the first to visit (November 1st), then after they depart the spirits of the deceased come and enjoy there part of the celebration (November 2nd). Celebrations, as well as customs, vary regionally. Some visit the cemetery and participate in a big communal celebration, while

day of the dead origins

779 words - 4 pages The Legend The Aztec celebration of day of the dead all started because of the Aztec belief of how human life came to be. According to one of the versions of the legend, humans had been made from bones of the previous life. Aztec believed that there has been five worlds created, four of which were previously destroyed killing the human raise. After the firth world was created (the world in which we humans live in now) the god Quetzacoatl wanted

Dead Poets Society - The Message of the Dead Poets

763 words - 3 pages Dead Poets Society - The Message of the Dead Poets   Teachers are wonderful heroes. In the movie, Dead Poets Society the teacher/hero is John Keating, played magnificently by Robin Williams. The film takes place at a small preparatory boys' school (Welton Academy) in the late 1950's. The story follows the lives of a group of students and the way that Mr. Keating's teachings influence them. He encourages the boys to become freethinkers

Similar Essays

Night Of The Living Dead Essay

1268 words - 6 pages Zombies, as we know them today, have mortified movie viewers for the last forty six years. Modern zombies first appeared in George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead in 1968. These zombies were the slow moving, staggering ghouls that one has seen in countless films, but in 1985, Return of the Living Dead featured a new kind of zombie, the first fast moving and talking ghoul. Both Night of the Living dead 1968 and Return of the Living Dead 1985

Dimensions Of Night Of The Living Dead

2023 words - 9 pages First released in October 1968 and shot for an underwhelming $114,000, Night of the Living Dead was created by a team of movie business outsiders from Pittsburgh ( The Image Ten, as they were later known, led by George Romero, created a horror film unlike any that had come before. Although the horror film had been around for nearly as long as the cinema, Night of the Living Dead was revolutionary in its production, its subtext as

Camouflaged Existence Of The Living Prejudice In The Night Of The Living Dead

1112 words - 4 pages . In the classic horror film, The Night of the Living Dead, there are a couple prejudice messages addressed to African-Americans. Surprisingly, this message was not as obvious as you might think it would be. It wasn't so bold and staring at you in the face as many other things do when it comes to discrimination. It came out at you when you least expected it. When you thought justice and equality were finally in play for all the public to view. Just

The Living Dead Of Afghanistan Essay

2037 words - 8 pages The Living Dead of Afghanistan Travesties are committed against women every day, in every country, in every city, town and home. In Afghanistan women are not only discriminated against, they are publicly reduced to animals. Women are deprived of basic human rights: they are not allowed to travel outside their homes without being completely covered by the traditional shroud-like burqa; they are not allowed to speak or walk loudly