Mr. Smith Goes To Washington Essay

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In 2014 it is very common to see shows about political corruption such as Scandal and House of Cards. However, it was not the first. In 1939 a director named Frank Capra directed a film called Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. It was one of the first political-comedy dramas of its time. The film illustrated the political corruption specifically in congress which was never done before.
The film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was made in 1939 but Franco’s portrayal of America has similarities to today’s society. Franco portrays different factors of America. One thing that he portrays a lot is the American Government. He shows that the political figures only care about themselves and based their ...view middle of the document...

S Government. The only significant difference in Franco’s America and the present is that corruption is not as severe. It’s harder to get away with it and we the people of America have more representative. If the people don’t like a political figure it is easier to influence a change in the government.
Many people think Mr. Smith goes to Washington negatively portrays American government and oppose Democracy. The film actually supports democracy but wants more representatives for the people and to eliminate corruption in the democracy. This is illustrated in the entire film but it is really shown when Smith tries to pass his bill to approve a loan to buy land for a national boy’s camp. This was corrupt because Jim Taylor’s political machine wants the land for his dam building scheme. They used smith to distract congress. Taylor’s machine influences everything that happens in the state. This shows that sometimes Democracy could be corrupt because the people really do not have any influence in who comes into power. However at the end of the movie Smith triumphs because he gets his own support from the boys scout and finds a way to change the senator’s mind. This portrays that democracy can be successful if we have good political figures that makes good decisions that benefits the people and not themselves. It also shows that if there isn’t corruption in democracy the government will be more successful. For example at the end of the movies Paine and Taylor are eliminated and Smith bill goes through.
Idealism is an important part of American Politics because without them there wouldn’t be a need for a Government. Representatives are uses to showcase our ideals and goals for America. It influences how we make bills and laws. If we didn’t have ideals the government will be able to do whatever they want and everyone would have to follow the rules of the government if they were wrong. Mr. Smith goes to Washington depicts the important of Ideals when Smith wants the bill to pass for his campsite while Taylor, Paine wants to use the land for a scheme. Smith does not compromise...

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