“Invasion of the Body Snatchers”1. A Critique of Communism a. The seedpods represented the growing influence of communism. The pods turn into emotionless versions of humans. Herein is the first parallel to Communism. In Communist takeovers, the rulers plant the seeds of governmental controls, give them time to germinate, and use them to dominate.b. Dr. Miles Bennell embodied capitalism and the American values, contending with the growing influence of communism; he would be similar to Truman.c. “Suddenly when you’re asleep, they’ll absorb your minds, your memories, and you’re reborn into an untroubled world.”“Where everyone’s the same?”“Exactly”“What a world”Dr. Miles Bennell & Dr. KauffmanA Critique of McCarthyisma. The seedpods created identical humans that could not be trusted because they weren’t their original selves. It is construed as a depiction against the hysteria-inducing tactics of discredited Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy who alleged Communists had infiltrated American government. McCarthy never substantiated his charges, but he forged an
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