”Imagination is the only weapon used at war against reality” a famous quote by Lewis Carroll from Alice in Wonderland (Lewis, 2010). This quote I don’t quite understand.
To me it simply implies that our imaginations are the only source of tool used to help us fight against our fears and reality. My recent memory of having to mix fantasy and real life was at a tender age. At 11, to differentiate things i imagined from real were vague.
Rupal in his article on the effect of movies on children, that movies take our minds far away into imaginary world we wish to be (Rupal, 2010)Escapism according to the online oxford dictionary is explained as the ability to seek out alternative pleasures in entertainment or fantasy (oxford dictionaries, 2017). Majority of people engage in different things to escape. An example to prove this is the developed technics of visual reality used in movies we watch. we as humans can agree that watching movies is an escape tool used to distract us from facing reality and challenge we might be facing rather than dealing with the problem (Brett,2010).
Escapism in movies didn’t begin in the modern age. Hollywood movies way back in the late 90s, were the only medicine used to embrace escapism when it was most needed by the people (Thepress,2009). American movies after the great depression of world war two, American movies at that time made military movies as a form of depicting the outside world.
Cinemas played a huge role as audience would sit anxious at the back sit in a dark theatre carried away with motion picture being projected. This gave audience the ability to confront the situations at hand (Sean,2016). In the late nineties, President Franklin Roosevelt said, ” During the depression, when the spirt of the people is lower than any other time, it is splendid that that for just fifteen cent an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his trouble” (schoolworkhelper, 2016)