Oppression in The Imitation Game
Recently I saw The Imitation Game in theaters, and I believe that it has many themes. One of the most prevalent ones I found was oppression. Alan Turner is homosexual, and therefore finds it necessary to be kept secret from the world. Back in the 1900s, being gay was seen as a crime in many countries, such as England. When Alan confides in a close friend of his, that personal information is eventually used as leverage against him. Later on, Alan is charged with personal assault charges coming from a man that claimed Alan coerced/forced him to do things to him he did not want to do. This is not true, but Alan decides not to fight it. Because of this case it comes out as public information that Alan Turing is a homosexual, and suddenly he is treated like a criminal. As punishment for his “crime”, Alan must take medication to “cure the gay” from him. Unfortunately this oppression led him to become severely depressed and eventually he kills himself not too long after he was indicted. The direct cause of his suicide came from the long lasting oppression homosexuals receive, and this was defiantly a major message the author wanted us to learn.
The Imitation Game - Official Trailer - The Weinstein Company