Dr Strangelove Satire

Superior Essays
During the 1960’s fear and paranoia had reached an all time high. The nations leader President Kennedy managed the issues regarding the idea of communism spreading and the possibility of nuclear warfare. The Cold War and The Cuban Missile Crisis became the center of the political issues that captured America’s fears. The focus of these two ideals became adapted, in two separate films: Three Presidents Go To War, and the satire black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I stopped Worrying and Loved the Bomb. Within the films, one will discover how close Americans came to an all out nuclear war, how Strangelove represented the elements within the United States government that advocated military response, and how Strangelove’s satire could parallel …show more content…
Strangelove ultimately took these series of events, and made a comedic classic satire film. It is eminent that though this movie is ultimately satiric, Dr. Strangelove had ultimately proved its historical accuracy. In a nutshell, Dr. Strangelove deals with the event of the United States actually going to war with Russia. However these orders to go to war aren’t given from the nations leader, they are given from a paranoid communistic crazed general by the name of Jack D. Ripper. Jack D. Ripper is a prime example of how eager the U.S. government militants were, concerning going to war with Cuba and Russia. When plan “R” is enforced by Ripper, pilots have to follow through with the order, unless they “receive a three digit code” from the General himself to call off the mission, in which he never does. This call made by the general not only sends panic all over, but especially in the War Room and at the base the General resides. In addition, within the war room members on the team also embody the urging of going to war, the American President telephones the Soviet Premier to inform him of the accident that has occurred, and all planes ultimately were retrieved except for one. In the war room Dr. Strangelove informs the members about Russia’s “doomsday machine” and if a bomb were to drop and explode over Soviet territory, its machine would “automatically retaliate against their targets” and would end all life on planet Earth . By the end of the film suspense arises when …show more content…
Strangelove, society ultimately gets an idea of the possibility of how America almost went into a full out nuclear war with America’s enemies. Through the film Three Presidents Go To War, the events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis and during showed not only the fear, but also the ultimate preparation that consisted and the resolving of the conflict that had taken place. Dr. Strangelove, however which is essentially a satire based on the disputes of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis, creating an accurate portrayal of what could have happened through the idea of comedy. Though Americans were on the brink of war, some of the notions that aspired from serious events could be shown in a comedic

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    Stalin, who aimed to guarantee the security of the Soviet Union lead Russia to become the leading communist country. With their growing "sphere of influences", many fear their America would fall on the similar pattern. With this, president Truman was often blasted for being "too soft on communism." To the Americans, communism prevents the Wilsonian ideals of decolonized, demilitarized, democratized, and global peace. Thus the Cold War molded the society and economy to a tense standoff between different…

    • 1087 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Both film, Failsafe and Dr. Strangelove depict the issues of the establishment and use of the Atomic bomb in correlation to that of the fear and anxiety of the threat of Communism. Class lectures discussed that during the Cold War era, American society is on the edge of nuclear war, where the ideology of never letting the “reds” win prevails over the idea of possible world annihilation. Nuclear technology casted a whole new approach for a future war. Massive retaliation established the idea in the US to reconcile Cold War aims with a defensive and security strategy by placing emphasis on nuclear weapons. At any time and place of its choice, the US would be willing to respond to any communist aggression with the prospect of massive retaliation.…

    • 1273 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Heller uses both of these situations to demonstrate the detriment of the bureaucracy having absolute power. It is clear to the reader that these rules are absurd and intended to force those who are not in power to do what is wanted of them. Kubrick uses situational irony to convey a different idea in Dr Strangelove. Major Kong joyfully straddles the bomb as it hurtles towards the earth from the plane. The major acts as though the Americans are about to win the war when in reality, the bomb sets off Russia's nuclear weapons, dooming the rest of the earth.…

    • 1541 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The efforts made by Eisenhower, to address these fears, failed because they aggravated the Cold War situation and elevated the fears of Americans. The fears of the American population grew immensely with the threat from communists looming over head. The threat overhead became real when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik.Because of Sputnik’s successful launch, the Soviets had the ability to launch a nuclear attack on america using missiles. Consequently, people had bomb shelters built, performed duck and cover drills, and made little kids wear dog tags out of fear of a nuclear strike. Life Magazine, which shows popular trends and styles, included a photo of a bomb shelter in their issue of May 1955.…

    • 912 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The Purpose of “Thirteen Days” was to inform the people of the actual amount of tension that there was between The Soviet Union and The United states, and how to show how close we actual were to nuclear war, and the end of humanity. During this time many agencies were created such as the CIA the OAS and the AID the Peace Corps. The CIA was an created because the U.S distrusted their citizens and thought that some of them were spy’s for The Soviet Union which is what we now call the red scare. The OAS is “Organization Of the American States” this…

    • 1049 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Unfortunately the mujahedeen later turned against the US, but the war is still seen as a victory for the Americans. This time period did not come without its faire share of crises, however. One of the earliest and most important was the overthrow of the Iranian government and the implementation of the theocracy still in power. This government harbors a strong anti-american bias and actually tried to kidnap several US ambassadors who were saved by the Canadian embassy in Iran. To trade for some other captured personnel, Reagan decided to sell arms to Iran in exchange for the prisoners and money which he used to fund the contras in Central America, who fought the communism there.…

    • 2134 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Dr. Strangelove Analysis

    • 722 Words
    • 3 Pages

    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…

    • 722 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The news of the Soviets having the nuclear weapons caused fear of a nuclear holocaust through mutually assured destruction, and consequently, the nuclear arms race began. The Cold War Museum says that “President Truman responded by reevaluating the United States position in the world and called for the United States to build up its conventional and nuclear weapons to halt the spread of Soviet influence around the globe.” In The Lord of the Flies, the story begins when the boys crash on an island in the Pacific after evacuating London during the start of a nuclear war. It is implied in the book that it is battled between the westerners, including the British, and the “Reds”, a common derogatory term for the Soviet communists. When both America and the Soviets had enough weapons to destroy each other many times over, they knew that either side starting a nuclear exchange would lead to the end of both sides. The destruction of ones enemy at the cost of destroying all civilization is the result of mutually assured destruction, and this is referenced in the book through Roger’s double sided spear, and Jack burning the island to find Ralph.…

    • 358 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Kennedy suggest a different approach to communism, called the Flexible Response. In President Kennedy’s speech he brought attention to the many Americans fed up with the prolonged ending of the Cold War. Kennedy delivered his Flexible Response prior to the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was perhaps one of the closest introductions to war in all the Cold War era. He believed Americans must face the chances of war in order to keep the remaining peace between the United States and the Soviet Union. He admitted that ‘Americans should work with Nations that lack freedom in order to strengthen its cause (Kennedy).…

    • 1040 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    The obvious reason as to why the USSR is partially to blame is the secret installation of nuclear missile bases in Cuba with the missiles pointed directly at the United States. The placement of these missiles only 150km from American shores naturally caused both a political and militaristic response. In addition America with its addiction to the “Land of the Free” ideology saw the communist regime of the USSR as a threat to this ideal, however the USSR spread communism to Cuba and formed an alliance with their new communist leader Fidel Castro. This USSR spread of communism made the U.S. grow anxious and thus as previously stated made several assassination attempts on Fidel Castro in an attempt to remove communism for Cuba. Furthermore the USSR was purely responsible for the supply of armaments and nuclear weapons to Cuba which were clearly able to destroy the United States being fully knowledgeable of the poor relations between these nations.…

    • 1264 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays