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was childish and over-the-top, his readiness to drop bombs on the Russians is very accurate to many American’s viewpoints at the time, that to start the war first, means to win the war. Another stereotype that Kubrick used in the film was that of the Russian ambassador. The Russian ambassador Alexi represents a strong Cold War era American view of the Russians. The ambassador is shown as a tough, stone wall of a man with little to no emotion and secrets. He is shown to be easy to anger and eager to fight, especially with Turgidson. Not only are these
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stereotypes used within the movie, Kubrick also makes them stylish caricatures to increase the effect the characters have on the message of the film. Within the film, Kubrick takes the truths, beliefs, and misconceptions of the cold war and turns them on their head, creating a ridiculous, but terrifyingly possible reality. Once such caricature that Kubrick creates of the American spirit is in Major Kong. Major Kong represents American spirit and pride. His extreme and blind patriotism as well as his passion for war and destruction are an obvious caricature of many American citizens and soldiers during the time period. His extreme masculinity and desire to drop the bomb no matter when or where is a trait that many Americans shared. The United States’ desire to prove to the Russians that we were not afraid. Another example of an extreme caricature is through General Turgidson once again.
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  • Fall '19
  • Cold War, Nuclear weapon, Stanley Kubrick, Dr. Strangelove

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