Dr. Strangelove Analysis

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a film directed by Stanley Kubrick is a satirical film, which derides the Cold War fears politicians had over nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and U.S. but also a reflection of popular American opinion on what could occur if a nuclear outbreak. The U.S. felt the need to contain the communist expansion of the Soviet Union in Europe and to avoid it being spread to the eastern hemisphere which lead to Americans to develop nuclear weapons like the ones that were used to end World War II which sparked an arms race between the Soviet Union and the U.S. During the presidency’s of Eisenhower and Kennedy over 51% of the annual fiscal budgets of the United States was spent on strategic …show more content…
The film is socially reflective of America’s fears at the time. The films begins with General Jack D. Ripper, claiming that there is a conspiracy going on with the U.S.S.R in polluting the water supply of the American people and poisoning them and manages to send off a bomber winger with nuclear weapons without notifying any of his superiors including the Chair of Joint Chief Staff General Buck Turgidson and the President of the United States Merkin Muffely. General Rippers paranoia is what Kubrick portrayed the fear the American population had when it came to the Soviet Union, they’re spread of communism and threat to create nuclear weapons and the tensions the relationship between both countries came to a head and the U.S. had to do everything in its power to protect itself. General Ripper cuts out communication from coming in and out of the base in order to protect his attack. Meanwhile he has done that the War Room in the Pentagon is scrambling to come up with a plan including a nuclear scientist a former Nazi named Dr. Strangelove discussing measures on what to do to either stop the attack or let the impending blow-up lead to an all out war with the Soviet

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