Social Classes

The movie Snowpiercer displays social class issues and how they will always be there no matter what the situation is. Even though the world is in a crisis where the earth is frozen due to human error, people still keep their social classes. People like to believe that social classes do not really matter in extreme circumstances, but this movie shows that they honestly do.

              The shots of the people and areas in the back of the train tend to be in low key lighting, whereas in the front of the train it tends to be in high key lighting. This is to visually show that the front of the train is a brighter, happier place and the back of the train is a scary, gloomy place. This is also depicted by the clothing of the characters; the back of the train has dirty, dark clothing whereas the front of the train has bright, fancy clothing.

              Even though the people in the front of the train are show in brightness they are actually the antagonists. They dressed and acted as if they were the best, but they are actually selfish. They had all these luxurious things and meals, but made the people in the back eat brick blocks. If they were willing to share, then the conditions in the back would not be as bad. They also trained their children to think lowly of the back of train people and used the back of train people children as train parts. The fact that they used their children as parts show how unemotional and self-absorbed they were.

              The people from the back acted bad in desperate times, but in general had each other’s backs. When Curtis was going to each the baby people were cutting off their limbs and offering it just to save the baby. Curtis ended up giving up his arm in order to save another person’s child. Edgar dies to save others and many of the back of the train people give up their lives for the group as a whole. The dark lighting shown with these people contradicts their true character. The author does this on purpose, so that the audiences visually notices this

              Social class is shown throughout this film and lighting is used to emphasis the differences. Social classes may always exist, but can people ever break out of their social classes? Do you think it is possible for the world to ever not have social classes? Does this movie properly display the social classes or exaggerate them?


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