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Another issue involving the conformity of the era revolves around not becoming a “stepford wife.” While the idea for equal rights among women was and had been making its way through the society for a while, this could have been yet another underlying message. Maybe the film was also aiming to make the statement that women should be equal and viewed as such by everyone. This meant she could get a job outside of the home and did not have to be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen all day long. For instance, when Wilma begins to explain to Miles what is going on within Santa Mira, he immediately suggests sending her to a psychiatrist. However, when the little boy comes in he merely gives him some medicine because he has an over active imagination. Regardless of if Wilma is believed or not, until she is turned into a pod person she is strong with her convictions that her uncle is really not in fact her uncle. Even when she does get help, she does not give off the vibe she is doing so because she feels she is crazy, but because she wants to be able to cope with the fact this man is not her uncle anymore. The women of the film are after all a lot stronger than some of the women in previous films of its nature. In fact even when Becky is finally turned into one of the “pod people” at the end, she is the one shouting to them were Miles is headed. She basically takes charge of the manhunt that is after him. And let’s not forget that if it were not for Teddy, Jack’s wife, he would have been changed into one of them far earlier on in the film. With such strong women in the film maybe the writers were questioning Americans values of women instead of insisting that women’s values were skewed during that time period.
Furthermore, the not so normal convention that was added to break the molds of other films within the genre is the addition of fear. The fear that this was going to take over us all. By using a close-up shot of Miles shouting to the audience that we would be next changed the thriller and Sci-Fi world as audiences knew it. We were forced to truly think about what if this did happen to us. What if we had to conform? Would people fight it much like Miles did or would they give into being emotionless drones for all of eternity? To go to sleep one day just to wake up the next day to find out that all a person’s loved ones had been changed into someone unrecognizable is something no one wants to realize nor think about. In fact, in the film when Wilma thought that her Uncle Ira was someone she did not know at all she hated it. While he looked the same on the outside, she could tell he was not on the inside because of his eyes, because of his soul. Becky even ends up admitting almost the same thing in regard to her father after she is taken back to Miles home in the middle of the night. This not only speaks on the film itself but on the future of science fiction as well as thrillers as we know them today. Monster films are not popular in America for a reason. While we fear the unknown, we fear psychological dangers and the dangers of being taken over by something we are not more so than aliens coming down from outer space. Well, at least most people are afraid of psychological threats more so than aliens. We are afraid of conforming to those around us and becoming just like everyone else, which is why from a young age we are instructed to merely be ourselves and be individuals. With constant reminders of conformity being shoved down our thoughts, it becomes more and more difficult not to think conformity is the best option. In reality we should be told to stay true to oneself.
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