The Theme Of Fear Of Destruction In The Cold War?

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Herman Kahn a preeminent futurist once remarked “Nuclear war is such an emotional subject that many people see the weapons themselves as the common enemy of humanity.” Through this quote Kahn portrays an underlying theme of fear of destruction caused by The Cold War. The Cold War was a multi-decade long conflict between the U.S and USSR. To show their superiority both sides showed power through a nuclear arms race. Humanity evoked a tense attitude because of the probability of a nuclear war was possible which increased society’s anxiety. The war was a clash of different ideologies with each side vying for dominance of their beliefs. The ideologies that struggled for power during this stiff time period was capitalism and communism. Both these …show more content…
In the game Fallout 4 the creators Bethesda Game Studios use a nuclear event to show society’s realization for impending death and destruction of the world. Fallout 4 is set in an alternate timeline that is based on a dystopian reality after World War II. The game placed in a post nuclear apocalyptic Boston in the year 2287. It begins with the player emerges almost 210 years after a destructive nuclear war from an underground bunker. The picture best fit to represent the entire video game is of a man looking out at a ruinous landscape. This piece of artwork depicts the clear image of fear and anxiety from the destruction of the world. Throughout the painting there are crumbling buildings and architecture. These buildings represent the fear that comes with the destruction of society and morals. The possibility of nuclear war created a hazy image for most of society. The U.S and Soviet Union during this time period were blinded by their own control issues and needed to have an upperhand on the other. By wanting a greater authority over the other both powers brought in extreme weapons to show their dominance. The thought of nuclear war and destruction of the entire world activated troubling anxiety for humanity. Society began to crumble from the fear and apprehension of impending death and world’s end. Morality was broken because of these advances towards nuclear war. …show more content…
The isolation of the man portrays the anxiety that world’s destruction. Most people fear isolated death. A nuclear fallout brings not only an inevitable end but also the fear of suffering before the death. He is wearing a hazmat suit in order to protect himself from the symptoms of radiation. The effects of radiation on a human were a horrible scenario that became reality for society. Large doses of radiation will lead to Acute Radiation Syndrome commonly known as radiation poisoning. The severity of ARS symptoms is determined by the level of exposure to the radiation. A low dosage of radiation to a person might obtain the flu but if the body is exposed to a higher dose blood cells begin to die off. Eventually a strange sunburn refereed to acute radiodermatitis will form if exposed to more radiation. After being vulnerable and untreated for an extreme amount of time the consequences can be fatal. People at this level suffer from a fever, diarrhea, dizziness, and vomiting. Without treatment the person will eventually succumb to death. With these horrific thoughts in people 's mind it created fear and frenzy throughout civilization. Another example of the apprehension that comes from nuclear fallout is the blue color of the hazmat suit the lone man is wearing. The radiation free suit represents humanity trying to make it’s way through all the destruction and corruption. The

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