The Great Train Robbery Analysis

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The film The Great Train Robbery is based on the events of the Great Gold Robbery of 1855. The creative depiction, directed by Michael Crichton, is an excellent supplemental source of information for the students enrolled in History 102. This film can be quite useful for the students due to the accurate portrayal of urban life in England during the 1850s. Certain aspects of urban life were covered in great detail in the film. For example, the role of women in society, class structure in England, and life in the newly overcrowded, urban areas. Throughout the film, women were portrayed in ways that were extremely gender biased, which was accurate for the time period. Women were seen as weak, useless, and objects of lust for men. As stated in class lecture, women were believed to be less capable of performing skilled labor. This often led to them being tied to the domestic sphere, …show more content…
As discussed in class lecture, the growth of the railroad industry was one of the largest technological advancements during the Industrial revolution. Railways were used, not only for the transportation of people throughout the nation, but for the transportation of goods. This transport aided in the expansion of trade within the nation, and on an international level. This trade expansion, and new form of travel for citizens made railways one of the most important technological advancements of the time period. The focus of the film is on railways, as shown in the title The Great Train Robbery. The railroad is discussed in ways that show its high level of importance, and characters often seem baffled by the thought that someone might try and rob a moving train. To them, it seems like an impossible feat. This could be due to the fact that such extensive railway lines, and such an impressive form of transportation was not fully understood by the

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