Heaven Versus Hell In The Film Latin America Since Independence

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In Latin America Since Independence, Alexander Dawson stated that the Cuban Revolution remains a “powerfully polarizing symbol.” This means that it causes people to adapt to opposing positions, the good versus the evil. For instance, the good was the Utopian vision, which consisted of the positive contribution that the Revolution brought with it to the poor and the Dystopian which would be the shaping of the social, political and private affairs. Utopian vision means to create ideas that would bring a nation into perfection. While, Dystopian is the opposite and demonstrate the reality of problem that in the case of Cuba was the totalitarian government and the social struggle of the people. Thanks to Oliver Stone’s film “Looking for Fidel,” I understood that even though people were unsatisfied, while others were and still remember to proclaim about the Revolution. In this film, we see how Oliver Stone interviews Fidel Castro in different issues affecting the Cuban people and this conversation provides an intolerant to the propaganda of the United States to make Fidel Castro seems as a bad guy.
Dawson expresses the two conflicting sides of the Cuban Revolution. First let me start by saying that Fidel Castro created an opposition that helped to overthrown Fuldencio Batista in 1959. After this event, Fidel Castro took control and its primary agenda was to make the country deal with its own problems and to maintain the United States without interfering. Moreover, Dawson talks about how the Revolution brought education, health care, and improves the Cuban economy; this was part of the Utopian way of thinking. As well, the Utopian vision was “to shift the country away from its dependence on sugar exports, to diversify and industrialize Cuba in order to ensure its independence” (Dawson, 196). With the savvy tactics as a politician, Fidel was able to satisfy the demands of the people and provided “rent, telephone, and utility rates reductions, wages increased and seized the property of high government officials” (Dawson, 195). The Dystopian vision was illustrated when Dawnson mentioned the effect that the violent crash with the United States caused and the opposition it brought with it. These opposition, as it is discussed in Dawson’s textbook, was “Cuban in origin, [which] Castro managed to cast acts of sabotage, attempted assassinations, and any number of protests as the work of the CIA” (195). Fidel was fighting to get rid of...

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