metropolis - Heather Fackelman April 20, 2009 German...

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Heather Fackelman April 20, 2009 German Literature and Culture Montclair State University Fritz Lang’s Metropolis portrays a futuristic dystopia in which life is consumed by the machine, and capitalism causes a gap between the workers and the factory owners . To escape strife at the workplace, workers retreat to the catacombs to an underground alter, so to speak, where Maria preaches peace and urges the workers not to rebel but to wait for their “mediator,” the person who will provide a bridge from the minds, the factory owners, to the hands, the workers . Fredersen, the leader of the city, witnesses Maria’s preaching and is disturbed by what he sees and hears, and approaches Rotwang, an inventor and his old rival, for help . Rotwang has constructed a “Maschinenmensch,” a robot, on which he projects Maria’s appearance . This new “vamp”-style robot looks exactly like Maria, but is controlled by Fredersen and Rotwang, so that ultimately the robot behaves in a manner opposite the way Maria would
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2009 for the course PHIL 320 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '09 term at Montclair.

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