The Ethics of Capitalism in Anderson’s “O Lucky Man”


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Living the Dream like They Do in the Movies: The Ethics of Capitalism in Anderson’s O Lucky Man
In a society in which financial power is most valued, each individual’s effort at satisfying his or her own needs ultimately requires at least a partial suspension of ethics. This suspension can provide success of a sort. Success can actually be sustained over time or at least until the individual can no longer maintain the suspension. At that eventual moment, the capitalist plan for personal success is snapped like a cable supporting a suspension bridge, and the only thing remaining for an individual following the unraveling is man’s ethical center. This ethical center, no matter how vigilantly ignored remains within man, and provides lasting...
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.....its fullest, because in abandoning personal gain, they become a part of the world, not just the pinnacle of the world.
Anderson’s statement of personal liberation through opposition to the demands of a capitalist society is as powerful today as it was when it was created. As long as mankind is challenged ethically, artistic reflections of the sacrifice made when one ignores ones’ ethics will resonate to those who are capable of listening. To the others who ignore ethics, and chase personal gain, the consequences will be dire.
Works Cited
Clifton, N. Roy. The figure in film. Newark: University of Delaware Press;, 1983. Print.
O Lucky Man! (Two-Disc Special Edition). Dir. Lindsay Anderson. Perf. Malcolm McDowell. Warner Home Video, 1973. DVD.