For my final project, I am thinking about attempting a rather political undergoing, in analyzing the socialist sentiments underlying some of the works of the interwar period that we have examined in this class.
This semester, I already wrote an essay analyzing the portrayal of the suffering and of the plight of the working class in both Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Meridel Le Sueur’s article “Women on the Breadlines,” which I believe could be a good starting point for the analysis of socialist sentiment, but not by any means a basis: in writing said essay—as I am looking back on it now—I remember a certain feeling of wishing I could have incorporated more of an explication as to how such themes of workers’ suffering is truly socialist rather than simply examining the ways in which each piece exemplifies such suffering (which, tragically, is all I examined).
In order to achieve this true explication of socialist themes, I was strongly considering bringing actual quotes from Karl Marx himself, from his various manifestos and books on the subjects of socialism and communism, which would give me a rather nice basis for examine such themes in the two pieces spoken of above—indeed, using points from Marx himself, I believe my paper would take on a certain credibility in that it would be utilizing the text of the very origin of all socialist sentiments.
One concern I have with this, however, is that “Women on the Breadlines” may not contain enough evidence to show that it is truly socialist in nature. Sure it is published in a magazine called The New Masses which was admittedly a communist magazine, and sure it evokes an ethos in the reader at the plight of the workers, but I can’t say that such ethos would be enough to base a half of my paper upon. I have found ample evidence for socialism in Metropolis, however, and I plan to analyze it heavily in my paper.
For the reason of a lack of enough socialist sentiment in Le Sueur’s piece, I was considering using it only slightly (to fulfill the requirement for the analysis of two in-class texts) and perhaps bringing in other interwar socialist-biased pieces, though I imagine this would take a vast amount of research and time in analyzing such pieces. And, therefore, I was thinking about focusing primarily on Metropolis.
My last concern for this proposal, though, from Metropolis drawing socialist themes and relating them to the actual writings of Marx, that it has been a while since I have viewed the movie, and my notes on such movie, though meaningful and useful, are by no means full, and it may seem thusly that my analysis may seem equally empty upon completion.