Modern Times - Modern Times Context Modern Times hits on a time of desperate employment and bad conditions that most people were facing during the

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Modern Times Context Modern Times hits on a time of desperate employment and bad conditions that most people were facing during the Great Depression . The Great Depression was a period in the United States where the stock market crashed which caused unprecedented amounts of unemployment and poverty in the U.S. Chaplin believed that most (if not all) of these problems had to do with the growing efficiencies of modern industrialization. Main Characters: 1. The Tramp 2. The Gamin Summary: Modern Times portrays Charlie Chaplin as a factory worker, employed on an assembly line. After being subjected to such indignities as being force-fed by a 'modern' feeding machine and an accelerating assembly line where Chaplin screws nuts at an ever-increasing rate onto pieces of machinery, he suffers a mental breakdown. Chaplin is sent to a hospital. Following his recovery the now unemployed Chaplin is mistakenly arrested for leading a Communist demonstration when he was only attempting to return a flag that fell off a delivery truck. In jail, he accidentally eats smuggled cocaine - believing it to be salt. In his subsequent state he walks into a jailbreak and knocks out the convicts. He is hailed a hero and is released. Outside the jail, he discovers life is harsh, and attempts to get arrested after failing to get a decent job. He soon runs into an orphan girl (a gamine) who is fleeing the police after stealing a loaf of bread. To save the girl he tells police that he is the thief and ought to be arrested. However, a witness reveals his deception and he is freed. In order to get arrested again, he eats an enormous amount of food in a cafe without paying. He meets up with the gamine in the paddy wagon which crashes, and they escape.
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This note was uploaded on 10/01/2008 for the course ARTS ONE taught by Professor Meh during the Spring '08 term at The University of British Columbia.

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Modern Times - Modern Times Context Modern Times hits on a time of desperate employment and bad conditions that most people were facing during the

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