Ms. Gokturk

Trends in Literature

Viewing Soylent Green (1973)

Directed by Richard Fleischer, starring Charlton Heston (Detective Ty Thorn), Edward G Robinson (Solomon “Sol” Roth), Leigh Taylor-Young (Shirl). New York City in 2022, population 40 million in the city alone. Based upon the 1966 novel, Make Room! Make Room!, by Harry Harrison.

 


Problems:

Pollution

Overpopulation

Depleted Resources

Poverty

Dying Oceans

Global Warming

 

Themes:

Caring vs. Corruption

Beautiful Earth vs. Ugly Human Action

Humanity & Morality


 

Please watch the film carefully but takes notes. There will be an open note quiz following. Use the following topics as focus points in your note taking:

 

  • Opening Sequence

 

  • Setting

 

  • Items stolen

 

  • Role of women

 

  • Overcrowding examples

 

  • Evidence of corruption

 

  • Food

 

  • Religion

 

  • Beautiful imagery

 

  • Humane behavior