Nosferatu Essay

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NosferatuNosferatu is a typical German movie, from the early 1920's, and it clearly reflects the society in which the movie was made. In many ways, the movie reflects the society. The Germany of 1920's, was a dismal, dark and insecure place to be in. The economy of the country was in ruins, with people using the Deutsche Mark as wallpaper, and having to take a barrel of money just to buy bread. The darkness of the movie, with the plague spreading, and nothing being done about it, reflects the darkness of German society in the times.Nosferatu shows the scornful attitude of the people of the 1920's towards the government of those ...view middle of the document...

During the First World War, while the men were fighting, women had to assume a lot of responsibilities on the home front. Women proved that they were equal to men, or maybe even superior. I think that when the main actress saves the day in this movie, she reiterates the statement. She proves that it's not only the men who can be brave and heroic, and that women are equally as brave, and can save society.The movie shows the disunity of the German people during the 1920's. After the end of the First World War, when Germany was a defeated country in shambles, with an economy in ruins, the German people were weak, and disunited, with most of Germany's territory being given away to foreign countries. An explanation for Nosferatu's ability to spread throughout the republic can be reflected because of the disunity of the German people.Even though Nosferatu is eventually defeated, the ending is not a happy one, as the heroine dies. This itself reflects society, as in the 1920's the German people had become extremely pessimistic, as was the state of the country, and did not believe the future of the country would be anything bright. They believed that the 'brightness' of Germany had been taken away in the war, and the actress Greta Schroeder's death reflects the 'brightness' of Germany being taken away, as the only good person in the movie gets killed. Thus, the above examples reflect the way Nosferatu was a typically German movie, made in Germany in the 1920's.

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