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House Of Cards Essay

1275 words - 5 pages

What lies in the world of politics is a world of fear. Or so for the ones who cross Francis Underwood, the main character in the Netflix original series, House of Cards. As season one starts off, Francis Underwood captures the true essence of what the entire show is about, “There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that's only suffering. I have no patience for useless things”(Script: reddit.com). As he finishes this line he brutally kills a dog lying on the street, who had just been injured after being hit by a car. He continues on, “Moments like this require someone like me. Someone who will act. Who will do what no one else has the courage to do. The unpleasant thing. The necessary thing” (Script: reddit.com). Through persuasion, manipulation and down right corrupt politics, House of Cards displays a unique spin on the world in Washington, one that some may believe not to be far from the truth.
In the opening scene the writers of this script want to first capture your attention, and make you want to like their main character. By giving you insight to the type of per-son Francis Underwood is, along with many other tactics used, this scene gives quite the outline of what is yet to come. By strategically having other characters become distracted, it allows Francis to silently put the dog out of its misery. Francis has a persuasive mentality, and he displays it here by falsely giving hope to the dog’s owners and by con-vincing them to go inside while he “investigates”(Script: reddit.com).
As season one episode one continues, we see in the next scene a beautiful dress dazzling in the light from above. As the camera moves back we see it is Francis’ wife, Claire. By at first hiding the person in the dress and then showing who it is by moving back and showing Francis helping her out we get the idea that these two live a life of ele-gance and poise. This gives us an idea of some of the pleasure that Francis and his wife Claire enjoy.
The night carries on and we now know that it is New Year’s Eve, and Francis and his wife are in a grand ballroom with the nation’s most powerful leaders. The writers purposefully have Francis Underwood look directly and speak many times through the series to the camera, as if we are secretly watching his life and he’s narrating what is go-ing on and his intentions. As the party begins to count down, Francis turns to look at the camera (speaking directly to the viewers of the series) and says “President-Elect Garrett Walker. I might not like him, I might not believe in him, but it doesn’t matter...” (Script: reddit.com). Here in the episode it has become obvious that our main character, Francis J. Underwood has his own agenda, and not only that, but fears no one. We can almost see a hint of foreshadowing as to what is to come from Francis’ character.
After they finish at the party the two get into their police protected SUV. Five minutes out from their home...

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