How Is Gender Represented in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove

3741 Words Mar 5th, 2013 15 Pages
Dr. Strangelove: Or how I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. – A textual and contextual analysis
In 1964 with the Cold War at its peak, the Vietnam War about to get underway and the Cuban Missile Crisis still prominent in the minds of its audience ‘Dr. Strangelove: Or how I Learned to Stop worrying and Love the bomb’, was exposed to the world during perhaps, one of the most fragile and tense political climates of all time. Kubrick’s utterly ironic black comedy that plays on the possibility of nuclear obliteration was based loosely on the celebrated 1958 novel, ‘Red Alert’ by Peter George but differed in the fact that the film was highly satirical. That Kubrick even so boldly dared to make a film that openly mocked the situation
…show more content…
Dr. Strangelove, despite being highly ironic as previously mentioned is still a somewhat advisory account of the consequences of global nuclear destruction with emphasis not on what the effects of this devastation might be but more on why they even take place. One might think that in today’s world the fear of communism and of nuclear war was extremely unreasonable but during that era, when the cold war was at its frostiest, America was overwhelmed by the fear of an apparently inevitable attack by the Soviets. Figures like American politician John McCarthy, renowned for claiming that there were a large amount of Soviet sympathizers within the US government, the entertainment industry, and board of education adding to the intensity of the situation. Kubrick plays on the fear that has manifested within the minds of the voiceless public as all they can do is sit back and rely on important men of politics and war becoming gradually subverted by their tense insecurities and low self esteem. With the paranoia ultimately being channeled into war as a substitute for their own deficiencies. The parodying of the male psyche and themes of sexual insecurity are prominent throughout the entire film and lend as a basis for multiple humorous themes for example the naming of the characters. Every characters name expresses or at least indicates a connection between the male sex drive and conflict or, simply has humorous sexual connotations. For example

Related Documents