Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Francis Underwood : Shrewdness at its extreme

FRANCIS UNDERWOOD : shrewdness at its height

Francis Underwood"s immaculate cunningness has turned the show House of Cards into a global phenomenon.

Francis Joseph "Frank" Underwood is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Netflix web television series "House of Cards".
The seasoned actor Kevin Spacey has played it wonderfully .
He is a variation of Francis Urquhart, the protagonist of the British novel and television series House of Cards, from which the American Netflix series is adapted. He is married to Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), who is quite his match with the same coldness and ruthlessness.
The show has been nominated for many Emmy and Kevin Spacey won for best actor in a tv series drama at the Golden Globes this year.

Underwood is from Gaffney, South Carolina. He graduated from The Sentinel, a fictionalized version of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and Harvard Law School.
He speaks in a Southern dialect. During season 1, he is the Democratic Majority Whip in the United States House of Representatives. In season 2, he is the newly appointed Vice President of the United States, before becoming President of the United States in the season finale.
He is the President of United States in the newly released season 3 of House of Cards.

Underwood is ruthless and effective,
he knows how to get his way through the political scene of Washington .
He is cold and corrupt and often comes across as a serious weirdo.The audience is mesmerized by Frank Underwood who has the talent to deceive other characters.
He stops at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants. His manipulative nature reminds the audience of the Nazis.

It's not only the Americans but people all over the world are fascinated by shows which revolve around the working of American politics especially the commander in chief and his team . It was the last decade when another political drama " West Wing " captivated the audience . West Wing and House of cards are polar opposites in all aspects. President Bartlett of West Wing was a down to earth serious reformer who deeply cared for the people and for the office he held , there is apparently no comparison between him and President Underwood.

By comparing the NBC show The West Wing to Netflix's House of Cards helps us to understand how much our culture has changed or as a matter of fact deteriorated in the last ten years. Not only does House of Cards presents a social shift from genuine political idealism to pathetic low key cynicism.

I think " House of Cards" is popular now because it speaks to some kind of lurking anxiety we have about our political system.
You could read that and say maybe we’re longing for a Utopian vision of our foreign policy but I do think there is a sense that "House of Cards" is filling some kind of narrative need and actually kind of accessing something about how we see our political world. I also think that the public is also attracted to Frank Underwood "s character , they somewhat get entertained by his deceiving personality and wonder what type of new conniving technique he portray next.......

Underwood "s personality reminds me of a Desi feudal Godfather type man who has to have his way, always. He is fun to watch on tv but I hope the American public does not elect someone like him, ever to the highest office in the land.

After all according to President Underwood " Democracy is so underrated"...... — with Adil Akhtar.