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Crime, Deviance and Social Control in the movie
The scene where Antonio attempts to steal a bicycle from a side street and he eventually gets chased by a rowdy crows that gets hold of the man, and match him to the police station whereas the man’s son cries for his father release. The scene reflects on the level of desperation of the man, more so the society due to poverty the man is tempted to steal the bike, which relatively goes against the social norms in their society. Despite being in the wrong the man is pushed to commit the crime due to the social belonging that would prompt him to engage in the act to satisfy a need.
The scene where Antonio is taken to the police would manifest a city that is in ruin, where the people are seen to have ripped and dirty clothes. Such reflects the social status of the society, in the misery scene this reinforces the idea of poverty in Italy. The reflection on the characters clothes, the streets solemnly reflects how desperate people are to commit crimes to sustain a living in the city. The event of crime is unavoidable considering the level of poverty in the city.
Considering the poverty situation in the streets of Italy, maintaining a social order remains a challenge since societies are forced to sustain a living with limited resources. When the bike is stolen this a clear illustration of how individuals or more so the society struggle and are desperate to sustain a living that is high unlikely to be afforded. This pushes the person to commit crimes to afford a living in the streets of Italy.
The Biggest Punishment for the Father at the end of the Movie
The biggest punishment the father gets is being judged by his conscious. Antonio not setting a good example for his son, in the event that he is caught stealing a bicycle is a rather embarrassing situation that will clearly precedent his fatherhood to his son Bruno. Regardless of his position, Antonio could have better handled the situation by being open about his situation however he fails to accept that prompting him to steal the bike. After being let loose by the police, he walks holding his son’s hand as he walks in shame through the agitated crowd in the streets.
Theoretical Perspectives and Analysis of this movie
Robert Merton control theory best suites the movie description considering that social inequality constructs a conditions whereby individuals or societies experience strain between the aims society has fixated upon these individuals and the valid resources they have available to attain these goals. Relating to Merton's control theory, communal structures can push individuals into crimes. The strain Theory suggests that deviance is inevitable in the event of a misalignment between the “social goals” and the opportunities available for individuals or societies to attain these goals.