How is the film "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" a warning about the dangers of conformity in the US?

Expert Answers info

pohnpei397 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write35,413 answers

starTop subjects are History, Literature, and Social Sciences

This film is often discussed in US history textbooks as a commentary on the conformist society of its time.

You can see this in the main plot of the film.  When the people are replaced by the beings from the pods, the new beings are completely emotionless.  It has been argued that these are the people of the '50s -- they do not have an emotional life, they are just drones.  In addition, the pod people start to propagate themselves.  They are trying to create more pod people so that soon everyone will be the same -- emotionless automatons that are not really human anymore.

Because of this, the movie is often seen as a warning that Americans were coming to be like this -- all the same, all without souls.

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Unlock This Answer Now