Stranger Things Carnival Scene Sums Up The Capitalist System

This stranger things carnival scene sums up the Capitalist system.  It starts out with Alexei and Murray at a carnival.

1) In the Stranger Things Carnival Scene Murray makes a joke aimed strangely at the American decor and eating habits

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“It doesn’t get more American than this, my friend–” he says.

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“fatty foods, ugly decadence…”

2) That quickly turns to a diatribe about the American capitalist system.  The carnival games are a metaphor for the free market.

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“rigged games…”

3) The Russian “Alexei” makes a statement about his ignorance of the truth.  He is oblivious to the unfairness of the games, perhaps, even a little bit seduced by them.

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“They are rigged, these games?” he says, confused.

4) Murray finds Alexeis ignorance amusing.  Because it is something all Americans know (yet they continue to play the games.)

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5) Alexei in this next comment affirms his ignorance.

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“They do not look rigged…”

6) Murray explains to him the true meaning behind the “games.”

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“That’s just it, my dear Alexei.”

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“They have been designed to present the illusion of fairness!”

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“But it’s all a scam, a trick.”

7) Murray explains to Alexei true reason behind the games.

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“To put your money in the rich man’s pocket.”

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“That, my dear friend, is…”

8) He says “America” but he might as well have been saying “Capitalism”

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Murray here is clearly outlining the spirit of our times. That is: that Capitalism is a “rigged” game.  Stranger Things (film) is an art form.  Art allows people to depict a far wider range of cultural expressions than anything else.  So here we aren’t just shown the Capitalist sentiment by a simple metaphor, but we are given a vision into the feelings of our generation.  These feelings surround and haunt the capitalist system.  So what exactly are the factors which give people this impression?

  • The disparity of wealth
  • income inequality
  • Master/slave work environments
  • Poverty and horrible conditions in other countries
  • Exploitation
  • Excessive waste and pollution

The list goes on…..

Murray represents here capitalist fatigued America, which more than mistrusts the system but has a clear hatred for it. Is this simply a scene that sums up the Capitalist system or is it the beginning of a deep, growing and persistent hatred it that will become widespread?  If people begin to ‘wake-up’ how will it affect the future of Capitalism?

Does the Stranger Things carnival scene do a good job of depicting peoples feelings about the capitalist system?

Let us know in the comments.


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