Right Side Up Essay

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Throughout time the importance of the Industrial Revolution has been recorded within textbooks, stories, songs, and especially portrayed in movies. Today’s world often foreshadows the past in a repetitive history, depicting ideas and old foundations hidden within the allusions of our past times. But it seems that through the advancement of modern technology and advanced human thought most movies try to only mimic the aesthetic of the industrial revolution, however it is those which merely allude to it or hide it through their work that say the most about our past. This can be best observed within Juan Solanas’ film Upside Down (2012), creating a new world that explores the dichotomy of ...view middle of the document...

Ultimately the only true similarity between them is Transworld, an immense corporation that provides labor to both worlds and novelties only Up Above can afford. Forbidden to ever be together Adam concocts a plan to attain entrance into the other world through Transworld and his new invention. Through Adam’s journey we are able to see the contrast of the upper and lower classes. The story develops as Adam is trying to do the impossible not only by defining their laws of gravitational pull but also the laws settled by their differing social ranks and government tensions.
Undeniable by their similarities within the social and political realms both the film and the Industrial Revolution within the U.S created accessibility to the segregation of their people. Initially within the film one is presented with the continuous overlapping of newscasting speaking of the populous of “Down Below” and their creation of chaos and violence “Up Above” ultimately giving the audience perspective of the citizen from DB. Through this one can recognize the injustice and segregation between both fictional worlds and the encouragement of their government through segregational laws sanctioning any one who trespasses “Up Above” or the attainment of any of their “inverse-matter” property. Similar to the governing of U.S during the 19th century, U.S became known as a diverse “melting pot” of peoples from every corners of the world due to the great influx of immigrates that sought better opportunities.
Much like the Transworld, America’s advancing industrialization provided the idea of attaining wealth given the opportunity and while in theory the U.S lived up to providing the opportunity of renewal to America’s working class, it disregarded the gap between not only the gap between laborers but their sects wether it be women, children or immigrants. Often times the working class besides working in unstable conditions due to age, safety hazards, and inadequate pay, were rarely protected or given justice by their governing bodies resulting in an increase of poverty. For example, “During the first 60 years of the Industrial Revolution… “poorhouses” [were] set up by the government. The Poor Law of 1834 created workhouses for the destitute, designed to be deliberately harsh places to discourage people from staying on “relief” (government food aid)”. Both fictional and Industrial governing structures were flawed in creating a necessity and dependance of labor for its people that in turn created the increase of poverty and inequality gap between workers and social ranks.
The increasing growth within industrial scene new goods and ideas began simulating the economy of both civilizations as a result creating a physical, social, and economic division of labor within the work force developing an economic caste system. Through the aesthetic of Upside Down’s depiction of Down Below, an audience is transported to a familiar aura that was 19th century Industrialized America...

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