The General Film Analysis

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The General (1998) and the Opportunism of Crime: An Analysis of the Historical Rise of the Middle Class Prosperity in Ireland in the 1990s

This film study will define the opportunism o crime in the film The General by John Boorman to describe the rise of an Irish middle class in a crime genre setting. Martin Cahill (Brendan Gleeson) is a leader of a gang of thieves that continually humiliates authority figures in the context of a trickster in the criminal underworld of Hollyfield, a slum in Dublin. However, Cahill purchases a home in a middle class area, which defines the increasingly middle class evolution of Ireland’s economy in the 1990s. This type of class mobilization defines the underlying theme of crime as a way to redistribute goods to the working poor in that the Irish are slowly lifting themselves out of poverty during Ireland economic boom in the 1990s. The articles by Monahan, Pettitt, and Ruston define the overarching economic and social circumstances that reflect upward economic class mobility in The General. In essence, this film study will define a rising middle class in The General as a means in which to
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However, the main protagonist, Martin Cahill, is a crime syndicate figure that is continually revolting against the corporatization of housing in poor areas that seek to gentrify the community. In these conditions, Cahill begins to realize his thieving abilities can help him satirize local political leaders that “sell out” these communities to middle class housing projects in Hollyfield. More so, Cahill begins to have his own fantasies about owning a middle class home in the area, which make him vulnerable to police harassment outside of slums. After he steal’s some highly valuable paintings from Russborough House, he now becomes a target as a newly arrived member of the “Middle

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