Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Movie That Changed It All
Animal House is one of my all time favorite movies, and it is not arguable that this movie changed how the world saw fraternities. It is also not arguable that fraternities and secret societies are part of the collegiate experience for those pursuing a WASP like life. But how did Animal House influence us? Well, for one it gave us a since that fraternities were about insane and intoxicated fun. This new persona replaced earlier thoughts of every button being buttoned, and every shirt being pressed. The opposing fraternity to the Deltas to me symbolizes what was being replaced, and in a sense it was the WASPs being phased out. The WASPy guys were much more upper crust and selective in their pursuit for pledges, and the Deltas (though led by two upper class guys) took average Joes. Second, I think it was the beginning of Trad or WASPy clothing being worn in a less formal way. Though the Deltas mostly dressed as preps, it was in a non caring kind of way. Furthermore, the movie forever characterized the fraternity experience as a womanizing and boozing collegiate experience. Could this movie have contributed to the downfall of the true WASP....I guess, but let's not place too much blame on the film. I actually still enjoy watching it. Have a great weekend!