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Analysis Of Film "Einstein's Letter"

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The film titled “Einstein’s Letter” depicts the historical events that took place beginning the summer of 1939; world renowned physicist Albert Einstein agreed to sign a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt that would change the world forever. He was visited at his Long Island home by Hungarian physicists Leo Szilard and Eugene Wigner in order to get his help in urging the President to build a nuclear bomb; they felt that the building of this atomic bomb and the treat of its detonation would save the world. He presumed that a big, scary weapon would deter war and force nations into peace. Szilard needed Einstein’s help to set his theory in motion. Driven by intense fear of the Nazi Germany having an unbeatable lead on the development of these atomic bombs and disturbed that America had done nothing at that point, Szilard went full speed ahead with his plans to get an atomic bomb completed. At that time no one knew who Szilard or Wigner were but almost everyone knew of Albert Einstein. They sought out Einstein that sunny summer day because of his scientific reputation. Einstein would play an intricate role in getting the powerful officials to take them seriously. The first signed letter, delivered on October 11, 1939, did as intended when it reached President Roosevelt. He took immediate action by ordering a meeting with the top military officials and leading atomic scientist to discuss the feasibility of what it took to built and actual atomic bomb. Albert Einstein was invited to this meeting; he declined because of his status as a serious pacifist. Szilard and his team received the “go ahead” from the government for the atomic project, but were later denied the funds they were promised. In a second letter (blackmail letter) to the President, signed by Albert Einstein, Szilard threatened to publish his chain reactor design. Prompted by this letter, President Roosevelt ordered the Uranium committee to release the funds to the atomic project, now known as the top secret Manhattan project. Once the United States entered World War II, the urgency of the bomb gained heightened importance. After a test proved that chain reaction was possible and the potential devastation of the atomic bomb was realized, Szilard drafted another letter to the President urging him not to use the atomic bomb. Before the letter could be delivered, the President died. On August 05, 1945, the atomic bomb “little boy” was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan taking thousands of lives. With these events as our focus, we will examine how they changed society from the perspective of the symbolic interactionists, the functionalist, and the conflict theorists.
“Symbolic interactionists study how people use symbols to develop their views of the world and to communicate with one another. Symbols define for us what relationships are… without symbols, our social life would lack sophistication” (Henslin, 2006:15). The significance these happenings had on social...

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